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SportsRaptors plan to visit Canada's capital, haven't heard from White House

03:20  20 june  2019
03:20  20 june  2019 Source:   thescore.com

If the Toronto Raptors win 2019 NBA Finals, will they visit the White House?

If the Toronto Raptors win 2019 NBA Finals, will they visit the White House? There’s precedent for a Canadian-based team celebrating in Washington, D.C. after taking home a title in their respective league. The Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1992 and visited with President George H. W. Bush that December. "America is proud of you," Bush said when extending the invite. “It's America's pastime, and we salute whoever wins.” The Blue Jays, however, repeated as champions one year later and did not travel to the United States capital. Meanwhile, there are seven NHL teams in Canada and the last Stanley Cup champion from that group was the Montreal Canadiens in 1992-93.

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The mayor of Ottawa – Canada ’ s capital – tweeted Friday that the Raptors should skip the White House visit and head directly to the city instead to visit the Come to Ottawa and parliament hill so Canada can congratulate you! How about it @JustinTrudeau,” Mayor Jim Watson wrote.

Raptors plan to visit Canada's capital, haven't heard from White House© Ron Turenne / National Basketball Association / Getty

With the Toronto Raptors finally ending Canada's drought for a championship in one of the four main North American professional sports leagues, it appears the team will visit the prime minister.

"We're here. Let's go see (Canada's prime minister Justin) Trudeau up in Ottawa. We're Canada's team," head coach Nick Nurse said on "Prime Time Sports" Wednesday.

Nurse revealed that plans are already underway for the team to visit Parliament Hill in Ottawa, approximately 220 miles northeast of Toronto.

Still, 11 of the players and much of the staff on the Raptors' title-winning squad hail from America, where champions have traditionally met with the U.S. president for a ceremonial visit. For the White House's part, the Raptors have not received an official invitation yet, according to Nurse.

Will the Raptors Visit the White House?

Will the Raptors Visit the White House? Will the Raptors Visit the White House?

Our first president, George Washington, selected the site for the White House in 1791. Every president since John Adams has occupied the White House , and the history of this building extends far beyond the construction of its walls.

The Capitals haven ’ t said if they’ll visit the White House after winning the Stanley Cup. One player has already suggested he won’t go. Congratulations to the Washington Capitals on their GREAT play and winning the Stanley Cup Championship. Alex Ovechkin, the team captain, was spectacular

In any case, title-winning basketball teams have shown reluctance toward visiting the White House in recent years. Until the 2019 NCAA title-winning Baylor Lady Bears accepted the invitation this year, none of the NBA, WNBA, or NCAA men's or women's champions had made the once-traditional trip since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017.

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Megan Rapinoe has harsh response about possible White House visit.
U.S. women's national soccer team star Megan Rapinoe is far from interested in taking part in the ceremonial trip to the White House, if the United States wins the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, according to comments she made to soccer magazine Eight by Eight. "I'm not going to the f****** White House," she said after being asked if she's excited about the idea of going to the White House, which was once a custom of professional and national sports teams to celebrate a championship.

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