Paul Pierce Co-Signs Villanova's Decision To Skip "White House Visit"

The 2018 Men’s Basketball Champions enter the brand new NCAA season with a weakened roster, however not a dampened spirit. Four Villanova’s key gamers from their March Madness are at present taking part in together with final 12 months’s AP Player the Year Jalen Brunson, who now occupies a second unit position with the Dallas Mavericks. That being mentioned, Villanova continues to be the favourite to win the Big East, with or with out Brunson, Mikal Bridges, Omari Spellman, or Phoenix Suns’ rookie Mikal Bridges.

The staff’s two remaining starters from the earlier marketing campaign confided with the outgoing NBA expertise, and got here to the conclusion: the 2018 Villanova Wildcats wouldn’t signify this system within the conventional White House go to, as is customized with sporting franchises that win main tournaments in America, making them the 2nd Philadelphia-area staff to lose out on a “as soon as in a lifetime” POTUS alternate. Trump famously rescinded the Philadelphia Eagles’ after veteran gamers spoke out in opposition to him.

TMZ caught up with Paul Pierce, who visited the POTUS as soon as himself as a member the 2008 NBA champions. Mind you, his go to accounted for a meet-and-greet with then-President Barack Obama, in his first time period within the oval fice. Nevertheless, Paul Pierce is completely behind Villanova’s choice to skip the ritual, in reality, he thinks the entire ordeal is bogus. 

“I feel that is overrated,” Pierce informed TMZ … “Why you gotta go to the White House? You bought your trophy, you received your championship.”

In canceling their journey, Villanova coach Jay Wright defined that in 2016 after they received the National Championship, the circumstances have been far totally different beneath Barack Obama. “Two years in the past it was the expertise a lifetime for all us. It’s only a totally different time,” he said to the press.

LaDainian Tomlinson's Welcome To The NFL Moment: An $18K Dinner Dash

LaDainian Tomlinson has zero sympathy for NFL players undergoing rookie hazing rituals, he went through it himself. TMZ caught up with him to get his thoughts on the recent Denver Broncos’ rookie hazing Bradley Chubb and Isaac Yiadom, with the Hall Fame running back deciding to share a little story from his playing days.

In case you missed it, The Denver Broncos’ team vets subjected their rookie class to “botched haircuts.” By the end the experiment most the rookies involved looked like planetary objects, like a patchier version Saturn enveloped by cosmic dust. LaDainian didn’t particularly feel any remorse for the freshman class, because in his rookie campaign, the late Junior Seau and some vets from the 2001 San Diego Chargers, took him out for dinner as a bonding experience, then slapped him with the $18,000 bill after ordering everything à la carte. 

In the end, the debt was repaid several times over, because his Hall Fame career lasted another 10 seasons before losing his lustre in his final campaign as a New York Jet. Tomlinson ranks 5th in NFL Career Rushing Yards, 2nd in Career rushing touchdowns, and 3rd in Career Total Tounchdowns. He was enshrined in 2017 in a Hall Fame class that included Kurt Warner and Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones.