Crosby ‘shy’ with Trump

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Pens cap­tain stands in back at White House Canada

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He said it was a “great honour” to be in­vited to the White House, but when Sid­ney Crosby was in­vited to the podium next to Don­ald Trump, he po­litely de­clined.

The Pitts­burgh Pen­guins brought the Stan­ley Cup to the White House on Tues­day dur­ing a 15-minute cer­e­mony.

Crosby, the team’s Cole Harbour-born cap­tain, was the sec­ond last player to come on stage, and stood in the back row.

Crosby faced crit­i­cism at home and in the U.S. for his com­ments in sup­port of the team’s choice to ac­cept Trump’s in­vi­ta­tion: “It’s a great honour for us to be in­vited there,” he told the As­so­ci­ated Press.

On Tues­day, the Pres­i­dent opened the cer­e­mony with a nod to play­ers in other pro­fes­sional sports leagues who spoke out against Trump, and in the case of the Golden State War­riors, were un­in­vited.

“By the way, every­body wanted to be here to­day, and I know why,” he said.

Then, in a bizarre ex­change, Trump asked part team owner Ron Burkle, who he de­scribed as a “friend of mine for a long time,” to help rene­go­ti­ate NAFTA. Next, he praised Crosby. “We have to start with some­one I’ve been watch­ing for a long time be­cause I saw him when he was just about as young as you can get go­ing into the NHL, Sid­ney Crosby,” he said. “Where’s Sid­ney?” Trump reached out for a hand­shake with Crosby and beck­oned him down to­ward the podium and into the view of the cam­era. Crosby stayed back.

“Look at him, he’s shy,” Trump said. “Do you know how to win, or what? Great, great job. What a job you’ve done.”

At the end of the cer­e­mony on his way out, Trump walked back to Crosby for a suc­cess­ful on-cam­era hand­shake.

Pitts­burgh Pen­guins cap­tain Sid­ney Crosby lis­tens as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump speaks about the 2017 NHL Stan­ley Cup Cham­pion Pitts­burgh Pen­guins on Tues­day dur­ing a cer­e­mony in the East Room of the White House in Wash­ing­ton.

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