Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are excited to go to the White House. The newly crowned NCAA men’s basketball champions? Not so much.
Following North Carolina’s 71-65 National Championship win over Gonzaga, head coach Roy Williams said he’ll have to take some time to decide if the team should go see President Donald Trump after winning. That, of course, is if they’re invited.
Williams and the Tar Heels didn’t go when they won in 2005 because members of the team were already in NBA training camps, but they did go in 2009.
“But, you know, the office of the presidency of the United States is the most fantastic place you can be. But let me think on it,” Williams said. “Again, I don’t know that we’re going to get invited. I really don’t. But I know one thing, we’re putting up a nice banner in the Smith Center that’s hard to get.”
Before Monday’s game against Gonzaga, Williams was asked if the team would go to the White House, but he refused to answer before the game citing superstition.
The Tar Heels coach has been critical of President Trump and spoke out against him during the ACC Tournament.
“You know, our president tweets out more bulls— than anybody I’ve ever seen,” Williams said during a press conference at the ACC Tournament.
While it’s unclear what Williams and North Carolina will decide to do if invited, the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are expected to be the first team to visit Trump when they go on April 19.
However, not all players will be going.
Linebacker Dont’a Hightower, safety Devin McCourty and former tight end Martellus Bennett have all come out publicly saying they won’t be attending.