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Sean Doolittle Refused White House Trip to Support His Two Moms-in-Law

Sean Doolittle

The World Series-winning Washington Nationals pitcher said he skipped a meeting with Donald Trump because the president is "widening the divide in the country." 

Following their World Series win last week, members of the Washington Nationals visited the White House.

But pitcher Sean Doolittle skipped the visit because he and his "wife stand for inclusivity and acceptance" and because he wanted to stand in solidarity with his wife's two moms, he told The Washington Post.

The Nationals beat the Houston Astros to become the World Series champs last week. Some of Doolittle's teammates stood with Donald Trump this week, with one player, Kurt Suzuki, proudly donning a MAGA hat for the crowd.

But following the lead of other sports figures who've refused to visit the White House, like World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe, who got into a verbal tussle with Trump over her voicing her opinion about his policies, Doolittle took the invite as an opportunity to express disdain with the administration's policies.

"There's a lot of things, policies that I disagree with, but at the end of the day, it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling of conspiracy theories and widening the divide in this country," he told the Post. "My wife and I stand for inclusion and acceptance, and we've done work with refugees, people that come from, you know, the 'shithole countries.'"

On a personal note, Doolittle said he wanted to be there for his wife Eirann Doran's two moms.

"I want to show support for them. I think that's an important part of allyship, and I don't want to turn my back on them," he said.

Doolittle was torn because he wanted to be there for his team, but despite pushback from social media users telling him he should respect the office of the presidency, he stuck to his convictions.

"At the end of the day, as much as I wanted to be there with my teammates and share that experience with my teammates, I can't do it," Doolittle said.

"I just can't do it."

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