The Cavaliers are all set to visit President Obama at the White House on Thursday afternoon, just two days after Donald Trump was elected to be the next President of the United States of America. The visit will come just a day after Richard Jefferson posted the following message on his Snapchat: "Words cannot express the honor I feel being the last team to visit the White House tomorrow."
Jefferson's snap came on the same day that Sports Illustrated writer Lee Jenkins revealed that a Cavaliers player—possibly Jefferson?—told him that Cleveland could be the last NBA team to visit the White House now that Trump is just two months away from taking office.
The possibility of championship sports teams no-showing at the White House is an interesting one to explore—which is why we did it on Wednesday—and it sparked a discussion on ESPN's NBA Countdown on Wednesday night. Jalen Rose talked about how he believes more and more sports teams will turn down the chance to meet with Trump in the coming years:
"Unlike Tom Brady when his team won the championship and he chose not to go to the White House, saying it was a scheduling conflict when Barack Obama was in office, what we’re going to see in professional sports—NBA and NFL—mark my words, there will be players that decline the opportunity to visit the White House under his presidency.”
Will sports teams follow through with this? Only time will tell. For now, enjoy the Cavaliers' visit to the White House this afternoon. If you Cubs don't end up making it to Washington, D.C. before the start of next MLB season, it could potentially be Obama's last visit with a sports team.