Pittsburgh Penguins Announce They Will Attend White House Visit

On Thursday, Oct. 6, in the East Room of the White House, President Barack Obama poses for a group picture with the Pittsburgh Penguins team, holding his custom Penguins jersey, and miniature replica Stanley Cup, as NHL Penguins Centre Sidney Crosby holds the 2016 Stanley Cup. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
On Thursday, Oct. 6, in the East Room of the White House, President Barack Obama poses for a group picture with the Pittsburgh Penguins team, holding his custom Penguins jersey, and miniature replica Stanley Cup, as NHL Penguins Centre Sidney Crosby holds the 2016 Stanley Cup. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images) /
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Amongst controversy surrounding President Donald Trump and the visitations of athletes to the White House, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced on Sunday that they will attend their White House visit.

The Pittsburgh Penguins confirmed on Sunday that they will in fact be attending their White House visit as Stanley Cup champions, despite recent controversy surrounding President Donald Trump and his invitations to athletes.

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The statement read:

The Pittsburgh Penguins respect the institution of the Office of the President, and the long tradition of championship teams visiting the White House. We attended White House ceremonies after previous championships – touring the historic building and visiting briefly with Presidents George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama – and have accepted an invitation to attend again this year.

Any agreement or disagreement with a president’s politics, policies or agenda can be expressed in other ways. However, we very much respect the rights of other individuals and groups to express themselves as they see fit.

President Trump and Stephen Curry

This announcement comes in the wake of Donald Trump uninviting Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry from the White House and the Warriors confirming that they will not be attending the visit.

Of course, with this tweet came backlash from other athletes defending Steph Curry.

The timing of the Penguins announcement came with much backlash. Many felt that the Penguins should have waited in solidarity for the other athletes effected by Trump’s un-invitation. Either way, the Penguins stood by their decision and chose to make it public.

We’ll be seeing President Trump later this year in Washington D.C.