Derrius Guice doubles down on photo with President Trump


When LSU won the national championship, Derrius Guice, a football alum, was treated with the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to join them on their White House visit.

The Redskins running back had the distinct honor of meeting the president of the United States and his vice president. This has come to be known as a controversial decision for one to make, accepting an invitation to meet some of the most powerful people in the world, people responsible for decisions that can change the trajectory of geopolitics, or how earth's inhabitants address changes around the planet.

Guice waited an entire week after the visit before going public with his photo with President Donald Trump. It's polarizing, no matter how thoughtfully or delicately one dresses it up.

They gone get salty.. but I don’t get into politics. All I know is I come from nothing, and it will always be an honor to meet a president of the United States! God Bless everyone

— 2️⃣9️⃣ (@DhaSickest) January 25, 2020

Guice expanded on his White House visit when asked during an interview with 106.7 The Fan's Chris Russell on Thursday.

"You were at the White House. You took individual pictures with President Trump and Vice President Pence," Russell said. "Here's how I defended you. I think you'll agree with this, but you let me know. I said, 'Look, regardless of a political affiliation – which everybody tries to make it – this is a unique opportunity to represent America, represent yourself, represent how hard you've worked to get to this point and how good LSU was this year. This is not a political statement. Is that all fair?"

"That is fair," Guice said. "I was invited because LSU won the national championship and they got invited, and they know I live in D.C. and play for this team, so they invited me to come with them. So I was not going to pass up a chance to meet the vice president or the president. So that's just that. I'm gonna just leave it at that."

"How cool was the experience to be in the oval office, and to take pictures with two of the most powerful men in the world?" Russell asked.

"It was great, man," Guice said. "You know, I watch a lot of movies and stuff dealing with the White House, even though the movies might not be real. But like, it was an honor to stand in a building and an area where the most powerful people in the world reside."

"That's gonna always be an honor," he said. "From a kid that comes from poverty, that I get a chance to go to the White House. I would never pass up an opportunity like that. So it was a great experience, and I hope to do it again, actually."

Listen to the full interview with Guice at 14:00.