Bird used The Players' Tribune's Twitter account where her preview "So I Broke My F*cking Nose (and 16 Other Things That I Want You to Know Before the WNBA Finals)" was published to point out that the "B" in WNBA stood for basketball. Bird is just the latest in a string of basketball stars to openly speak out about their enthusiasm about a possible White House invitation.
Bird referenced the Golden State Warriors, which toured the African-American Museum instead of the White House following its 2017 National Basketball Association title and didn't receive an invitation from Trump after its 2018 championship.
But Bird did go to the White House in 2010 when the Storm won the WNBA championship. I remember first walking into the room to meet President Obama and the aura.it's insane.
Sports champions have visited the White House for decades, but for the second straight year, the WNBA champion isn't going.
Storm forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis was part of three title-winning teams at UConn, teaming up with Finals MVP Breanna Stewart, who was an excused absence from the exit interviews.
"It's a huge disappointment", Bird said.
"I'm sure [the president] is going to say we're not invited anyway", Bird told KING5 in Seattle on Thursday, "so it all works out well".
While in office, Trump has only been visited by the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, World Series champions Houston Astros, Stanley Cup champions Pittsburgh Penguins and NCAA football champions Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers. Nobody wants to go.
Trump canceled a planned White House visit by the Philadelphia Eagles after they won the Super Bowl in February.
She stated: 'I think until people see a change it's probably going to be the norm. What's more, after both NCAA champions in 2017 - the SC women's team and North Carolina men's team - declined White House invitations in 2017, neither 2018 NCAA champion was invited. Assuming they will accept an invitation from President Pence.
Meanwhile, the Notre Dame women's basketball team and the Villanova men's basketball teams - the 2018 NCAA champions - have not received invitations.