Nationals’ Sean Doolittle won’t visit White House with team: ‘I just can’t do it’

Since President Donald Trump took office, a number of professional athletes have boycotted their team’s visit to the White House as part of their championship celebration, and it appears that trend will continue.

After ousting the Astros in seven games to win their first World Series in franchise history, the Nationals announced they’ll visit with President Trump at the White House on Monday to celebrate their world championship. But they’ll do so without pitcher Sean Doolittle who is choosing not to attend.

“There’s a lot of things, policies that I disagree with,” Doolittle said (via The Washington Post). “But at the end of the day, it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling of conspiracy theories and widening the divide in this country.

“People say you should go because it’s about respecting the office of the president, and I think over the course of his time in office he’s done a lot of things that maybe don’t respect the office.”

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