Whereas numerous professional athletes have childishly boycotted visiting the White House, not only did the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team visit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue – they also prayed over President Donald Trump.
The remarkable moment happened Tuesday while the team was meeting Trump following their 2018 NCAA Football National Championship win. WBRC News sports reporter Christina Chambers tweeted that Alabama punter JK Scott asked Trump “if he could pray for him and his staff.” Chambers also shared a video of the Alabama players gathered around Trump to pray.
What a cool moment! .@AlabamaFTBL JK Scott asked @POTUS if he could pray for him and his staff. Video below shows President Trump and Bama players praying after the Tide's @WhiteHouse visit! @WBRCnews @BarrettSallee pic.twitter.com/tE4hj4k38l
— ChristinaWBRC (@ChristinaWBRC) April 10, 2018
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also tweeted about the prayer, adding that faith transcends sports rivalries.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) April 11, 2018
This isn’t the first time the Alabama Crimson Tide have made headlines regarding Trump. Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough caused quite a bit of controversy in January when he was caught on video apparently yelling “F*ck Trump!” while the team entered the field for the National Championship game in Atlanta.
Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough yells “F— Trump” before tonight’s title game. pic.twitter.com/RhuhRyNFHh
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) January 9, 2018
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Scarbrough denied yelling the phrase. It’s unclear whether he participated in the prayer over Trump.
Nevertheless, the team was nothing but respectful on Tuesday. Professional athletes could learn a thing or two from these young men.
Today, it was my great honor to welcome the 2017 NCAA Football National Champion, Alabama Crimson Tide – to the White House. Congratulations! #RollTidehttps://t.co/hF5EZHlSVS pic.twitter.com/JfGue4IIs1
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 10, 2018
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