Is it disrespectful for athletes to refuse to visit the White House? | The Tylt
Is it disrespectful for athletes to refuse to visit the White House?
You don’t have to respect the man, but you must respect the office. Receiving an invitation to the White House is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity few will ever experience. Athletes may believe in different things politically, but they should go to Washington D.C. and meet the leader of the free world.
If athletes visit President Trump, it's not just a photo-op. They will also have an opportunity to talk about the issues that matter to them directly with the president. Athletes could use it as a chance to start a real dialogue. They shouldn’t pass up this invitation.
It is an honor to visit the White House but it is optional. Athletes have a chance to let Trump and the public know there are still people who will stand up for what they believe in. The President can huff and puff all he wants, but every athlete has the right to refuse an invitation to the White House. If Trump wants a glorified photo op, he can look elsewhere.