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23 Days After Angel Reese’s Obama Claim, LSU’s Visit to the White House Goes South After Scary Event

Published 05/27/2023, 12:10 AM EDT

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After months of awkward tension, the moment finally came for LSU. Just last season, the women’s basketball team led by Angel Reese won the first-ever national title in Louisiana State University history. As part of the tradition, they were to be the guests of the Bidens. And the long-awaited day unfolded today.

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However, in the middle of POTUS Joe Biden’s speech, something scary took place that shook the entire LSU team who were on the podium. The medical staff had to rush to the scene as the event took a brief pause.

Angel Reese sees her teammate collapse during the White House ceremony


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Until a few weeks ago, there were doubts about Reese and LSU even showing up to the White House. The team was severely hurt after Jill Biden suggested inviting even the runner-up Iowa State. They felt their privilege as champions was taken away. Such alterations in the tradition hadn’t taken place before. During a podcast, Angel Reese, the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA tournament even said LSU won’t be making the trip.

“I’m not gonna lie to you, I don’t accept the apology because of, you said what you said. I said what I said. And like, you can’t go back on certain things that you say. I mean, you felt like they should’ve came because of sportsmanship, right? They can have that spotlight. We’ll go to the Obamas,” she said while on the Paper Route Podcast


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Reese’s bold comments fueled the spiteful story. However, soon after her comments, she changed her mind after understanding her teammates’ deep desire to go.

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As the LSU team stood on the risers, Reese and Jill Biden shared a much-needed embrace with the LSU star even handing her a jersey. Later, President Joe Biden began delivering his speech, commending LSU’s gritty championship journey.

That’s when the moment took place. Freshman talent Sa’Myah Smith fainted. It was a scary moment as health professionals ran to the podium to provide medical assistance. She was soon escorted out in a wheelchair and had to leave the ceremony for further evaluation.


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As concerning as the moment looked, Biden claimed it happens often. “It’s a lot of standing. I apologize. It’s okay. It’s happened lots of times.” said the 81-year-old POTUS. Smith played in each of LSU’s games in the historic NCAA tournament. She averaged 4.6 points, 4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in all contests.


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Written by:

Anuj Talwalkar


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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Having composed close to 2000 articles, he aspires to manage his own team one day and is pursuing a top-tier college-level management program specializing in sports. Anuj's love for basketball blossomed after he started following the NBA a few years ago, and he decided to merge his writing skills with his understanding of this thrilling game.
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