Don't you feel like this Stanley Cup final needed a little dose of controversy? Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly surely added a bit of it on Wednesday when he was asked about a potential White House visit should the Capitals claim the Stanley Cup over the Vegas Golden Knights. DSP did not hold back on what he thinks of the current president Donald Trump and the traditional visit.
“The things that he spews are straight-up racist and sexist," said Smith-Pelly as per Postmedia's Michael Traikos. "Some of the things he’s said are pretty gross … It hasn’t come up here, but I think I already have my mind made up.”
DSP was reacting to the ongoing news cycle in the sports world over the past few days has surrounded the championship teams in both the National Football League and the National Basketball Association and their desire, or lack thereof, to visit the White House which is currently controlled by the Republican party and President of the United States Donald Trump. It all comes down to a protest by some players who are refusing to visit the White House for political reasons and the President's displeasure at these decisions.
It is too soon to say what the Capitals statement will be regarding their decision to visit, or not visit, the White House should they win the Cup. However, while Smith-Pelly is making headlines with his statement, an interesting question was asked by one Montreal hockey columnist on Thursday morning on the air of 91.9 Sports.
"Would Alex Ovechkin dare to visit the White House and Donald Trump seeing that he is a close friend to Vladimir Putin?" Rejean Tremblay said on the air of the Montreal station.
"Don't know him but certainly he is a tough cookie. I don't know how he is doing for Russia; we are going to find out one day," Trump said back in 2017 about Putin and Russia.
Just this past April, Trump tweeted about Russia and Putin, and clearly had nothing good to say about the Russian president.
"Our relationship with Russia is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War. There is no reason for this. Russia needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together. Stop the arms race?"
Let's see if Ovechkin ends up in the White House if he is crowned champion...