The Pittsburgh Penguins Have Made A Mess of Their White House Visit

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The Vanity Fair report states, "According to two sources familiar with the conversation, Trump vented to his longtime security chief, Keith Schiller, 'I hate everyone in the White House!"

"From my side of things, there's absolutely no politics involved", Crosby said on Monday. With the president having recently turned pro sports into a battleground on race, freedom of speech and patriotism, it seemed that the Stanley Cup champions were sure to be turned into political pawns.

Nobody handed Trump the Stanley Cup.

After greeting a few team personnel, Trump approached the podium to declare: "By the way, everybody wanted to be here today".

The Pittsburgh Penguins respect the institution of the Office of the President, and the long tradition of championship teams visiting the White House.

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"Not only are the Penguins the first team in the National Hockey League literally in almost 20 years to be repeat champions, [but] you also captured the cup in three out of the last nine seasons".

Unlike the Golden State Warriors, the Pens chose to visit Trump. (The crowd booed.) He referred to Crosby and center Evgeni Malkin as "the two-headed monster", adding that the former might've already "outdone" Lemieux in career accomplishments, and that the latter "looks like he's a basketball player".

Crosby didn't move from his spot in the back row.

"You are true, true champions and incredible patriots", Trump told the players as first lady Melania Trump stood behind the president. "As we know, Donald Trump keeps all his promises", Meyers deadpanned, "so those women were sued and found guilty at a trial held right next to the finished Mexican border wall on the same day ObamaCare was repealed". At similar events in the past, teams have traditionally given the president a custom jersey for a photo op, which did not happen this time. He stood with Gary Bettman, in front of his teammates, and presented Barack Obama with a custom Penguins jersey. After more players protested in defiance of Trump, the National Football League's viewership ratings plummeted as fans expressed their displeasure over what many viewed as an act of unpatriotic disrespect against the flag and the anthem. While some may see this as making a mountain out of a mole hill, it is something every big name athlete on a title-winning team does during their visit to the White House. "I love my country", Brown wrote on Twitter, "but that doesn't mean I can not acknowledge that it is not flawless". That's quite the departure from previous year, when the team essentially live-tweeted their White House experience.

You can understand why.

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