Cleveland Cavaliers players announce they will not visit White House

CLEVELAND — Last November, the Cavaliers paid a visit to former U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington D.C. But with Obama’s second term ending and the controversial Donald Trump in office, LeBron James and company have decided not to make a return visit.

“We discussed it as a team, but it just didn’t make sense for us to go on a White House visit this year,” James said. “We certainly respect the honor and recognition, but it didn’t feel right given the circumstances.”

This is not the first time a championship runner-up has declined a White House visit. Interestingly enough, every runner-up in history across all four major North American sports has not attended.

Reports out of the team are that Turkish forward Cedi Osman, who traveled to America to discuss a contract for the 2017-18 season with the Cavs, has not yet canceled his White House tour during a 16-hour layover in Washington on the way home.