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Is it disrespectful for athletes to refuse to visit the White House?

The traditional visit to the White House used to be an honor for all championship teams, but it has become a hot-button topic due to President Trump's political and personal controversies. Megan Rapinoe of the United States Women's National Team is refusing to go to the White House if the team wins the Women's World Cup. Teams have visited the White House for decades out of respect for the office—a tradition many want to continue. However, athletes have the right to choose. Skipping the visit should also be respected. What do you think? 🏀 ⚾ 🏈 🏒

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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. Rapinoe and other athletes could use it as a chance to start a real dialogue. They shouldn’t pass up this invitation.

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Respect for the office is one thing, but how can you respect the office when the man who represents the office alienates a significant portion of the population with his policies and brutish conversations about women? There's a point when people need to put their foot down, and put principles before a powerful individual or an office. This is the time.

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 it is Rapinoe's right to refuse an invitation to the White House extended by a leader who has been less than supportive of the LGBTQ+ community since he took office. If Trump wants a glorified photo op, he can look elsewhere.

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Is it disrespectful for athletes to refuse to visit the White House?
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#ShowSomeRespect
#StandUpForBeliefs