Earlier this month, during the government shutdown, President Donald Trump hosted the Clemson Tigers to celebrate their National Championship win. The football team feasted on an assortment of fast food and the president drew criticism for not serving the athletes a nicer meal.
In an exclusive report, The Root found that not all of the team members participated. A handful of players refused to attend the dinner, citing President Donald Trump’s divisive policies, with some outright calling him racist.
Three black Clemson players told the President that many players, black and white, did not want to attend the dinner.
Most of Clemson’s white players showed up. Meanwhile, three-fourths of the school’s black football players opted out.