Should the Capitals finish off the Vegas Golden Knights to claim the team's first Stanley Cup, you can count Devante Smith-Pelly out of any visit to the White House.
In the wake of President Donald Trump's cancellation of the Philadelphia Eagles' visit, Smith-Pelly was asked Wednesday what his thoughts were on the traditional White House invitation if the Caps win.
“The things that [President Trump] spews are straight-up racist and sexist,” Smith-Pelly said of Trump in an interview with Postmedia News. “Some of the things he’s said are pretty gross. I’m not too into politics, so I don’t know all his other views, but his rhetoric I definitely don’t agree with."
A native of Scarborough, Ontario, Smith-Pelly was the target of racial taunts from four fans in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks in February. The four fans were subsequently ejected from the game.
In his comments to Postmedia, Smith-Pelly indicated race was a part of his decision regarding a White House visit.
“Things that he’s saying about immigrants and people of color, I don’t think anyone here would agree with that,” Smith-Pelly said. “We’ve got a lot of Europeans and a lot of Canadians.”
Smith-Pelly, who has been one of the Caps' breakout stars this postseason with six playoff goals, also stated this was just his opinion and the subject was not something the team had already discussed.
“It hasn’t come up here," hs said, "But I think I already have my mind made up.”
“We don’t win yet," Alex Ovechkin said of any post-Stanley Cup plans. "I don’t know why people start talking about it. We’re still one win away from that. It’s going to be the hardest one. We just have to get it done and then we’re going to talk about all the different stuff.”
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