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White House sports salutes increasingly fraught with political drama

Bringing teams to the White House, a practice sporadically embraced since the end of the Civil War, has become so commonplace that champions in pro leagues and many college sports can anticipate being celebrated eventually at the president’s official residence in Washington, D.C. Until recently there was little downside to presidents associating with winners from the sports world. But the once-innocuous tradition of White House sports salutes is increasingly fraught with political drama. Now that Donald Trump is in the White House, there’s intensified talk of entire teams shunning an invitation and, conversely, of pre-emptive efforts to reduce the risk of snubs, including eliminating the ritual entirely.

           

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UNC's Roy Williams on players' decisions to stay or leave for the NBA

University of North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams talks with reporters about the decision-making process for Tar Heel players staying for another season or departing for the NBA.
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UNC's Roy Williams on players' decisions to stay or leave for the NBA 2:42

UNC's Roy Williams on players' decisions to stay or leave for the NBA

UNC's Williams takes a shot at NC State fans in the legislature 0:52

UNC's Williams takes a shot at NC State fans in the legislature

NC Gov Roy Cooper honors the Tar Heels 9:18

NC Gov Roy Cooper honors the Tar Heels

Sen Gunn throws shade at NC State fans 0:39

Sen Gunn throws shade at NC State fans