Sean Doolittle, a closer for the World Series champion Washington Nationals and outspoken liberal, announced that he is declining President Trump’s invitation and will not attend the White House with his teammates on Monday.
He explained his reasoning to the Washington Post:
"There's a lot of things, policies that I disagree with, 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. My wife and I stand for inclusion and acceptance, and we’ve done work with refugees, people that come from, you know, the 's***hole countries.' At the end of the day, as much as I wanted to be there with my teammates and share that experience with my teammates, I can’t do it. I just can’t do it."
The World Series champs are slated to meet the president at the White House on Monday. Doolittle is the only National to decline, though he claims other players are privately wrestling with the decision.