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Cheryl Reeve disappointed that President Trump hasn't invited the Minnesota Lynx to the White House

Reeve says it feels like another slap in the face to women's sports.

Alabama's college football team won the national championship in January and was promptly invited to the White House to celebrate with President Donald Trump. 

The Crimson Tide made their visit in April. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Lynx won the WNBA championship in October and have yet to be invited to White House. 

"This president may have a different protocol, but to this point – we won in October – we haven't heard anything from the White House with regard to either a note of congratulations or offering us to visit at some point," Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve said on the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Diestch.

Reeve said she's "disappointed" because they received a phone call from President Barack Obama "within 24 hours" after winning titles in 2011, 2013 and 2015. 

"Really meaningful, really special times," said Reeve. "And on that phone call the president would say to us that he would be looking forward to hosting us at the White House to celebrate our championship with him."


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To Reeve, it's just another example of the lack of respect there is for women's sports. 

"I don't want to think that maybe it's because we're women that we're not as valued, but it's hard to see it anything different than that because the men's sports have been invited," she said. 

Since Trump took over the Oval office in 2016, championship visits have been a point of contention for some teams, including the NBA's Golden State Warriors, who decided to trade the traditional White House visit for a trip to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture with students from Washington D.C.

What's happening to the Lynx is similar to what happened to the University of South Carolina's 2017 championship-winning women's basketball team, who didn't receive an invitation until eight months had passed and their 2018 season had already begun. 

Minnesota is in training camp mode right now and with preseason games this weekend, followed by the start of the regular season on May 20.

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