Should the Stanley Cup champion Capitals receive the traditional invite to the White House, forward Brett Connolly will not be joining his teammates there, he told reporters Wednesday.
With Devante Smith-Pelly already declaring he would not be going to the White House, Connolly was asked at the BioSteel Camp in Toronto if he intended to visit the White House.
'Personally, I don't think I'm going to go, he said, via John Matisz. "It has nothing to do with politics. For me, I just don't think it's the right thing to do. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I think there'll be a few guys not going, too. Like I said, it has nothing to do with politics, it's about what's right and wrong, and we'll leave it at that."
Insists it’s not about politics. Did not want to go into detail about his reasoning but says it’s “about what’s right and wrong.”— John Matisz (@MatiszJohn) August 29, 2018
(2/2): “Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I think there’ll be a few guys not going, too. Like I said, it has nothing to do with politics, it’s about what’s right and wrong, and we’ll leave it at that.”— John Matisz (@MatiszJohn) August 29, 2018
Connolly had declined comment when asked about a White House visit in June.
The tradition of championship teams visiting the White House has become a controversial issue in recent months.
President Donald Trump abruptly canceled a visit from the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles after a number of players and coaches said they would boycott the visit. The two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors declined a White House visit to celebrate their 2017 title and were subsequently not invited to the White House after winning in 2018.
Congratulations to the Washington Capitals on their GREAT play and winning the Stanley Cup Championship. Alex Ovechkin, the team captain, was spectacular - a true Superstar! D.C. is popping, in many ways. What a time!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2018
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