While NFL teams and players are drawing criticism from President Donald Trump over their controversial protests during the national anthem, the president confirmed that pro hockey’s top team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, will visit the White House, Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports.
The Penguins have accepted the White House’s invitation to attend a ceremony celebrating to celebrate their second consecutive Stanley Cup win.
Though the team said that they respect the “Office of the President,” they also agree with others who feel they have the right to express their opinions by taking a knee in protest.
The announcement comes after NBA champion Golden State Warriors announced they would not go to the White House because of President Trump’s withdrawal of invitation to two-time MVP Steph Curry.
The president also launched a series of attacks to the NFL last week because of players who kneel during the national anthem.
Trump even doubled down on his comments Sunday, saying NFL fans will stop going to the games “until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast.”