It was recently announced that members of the 1972 Miami Dolphins football team would be heading to the White House to commemorate their undefeated season that year. Now, however, it has been revealed that a number of teammates have chosen not to attend due to political differences with Obama.
According to Huffington Post, as many as five former team members have refused Obama’s invitation to honor the team’s still unmatched feat of winning all their regular games in a season.
“I want to be careful, because mom said if you have nothing good to say about someone, then don’t say anything. I don’t have anything good to say about someone,” former offensive lineman Bob Kuechenberg told the press, referring to Obama.
“We’ve got some real moral compass issues in Washington,” Hall of Fame center Jim Langer said. “I don’t want to be in a room with those people and pretend I’m having a good time. I can’t do that. If that [angers] people, so be it.”
When asked if Obama was “disappointed” that so many of the players were snubbing him, the White House desperately tried to save face.
“No, people are certainly allowed to make whatever decision they’d like to make on that,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. “I can tell you the President is certainly looking forward to it.”
Other players also expressed their negative feelings for Obama, but still encouraged their teammates to come to the gathering. What would you do in their situation? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.