President Joseph R. Biden’s White House celebration of the Louisiana State University (LSU) women’s basketball team took an unexpected turn on Friday when freshman forward Sa’Myah Smith collapsed during his remarks.
Medical personnel attended to Smith and wheeled her out of the room as President Biden watched for several minutes.
President Biden had invited the team to the White House following some initial uncertainty, after First lady Jill Biden initially unintentionally snubbed the LSU players by stating that the runners-up, the University of Iowa, should also be invited.
“This is not the first time it has happened,” Biden stated after the event resumed. Past instances have seen guests fainting at the White House and needing medical attention at the onsite doctor’s office.
Smith, hailing from DeSoto, Texas, played in all 36 games for the Tigers and contributed an average of 4.6 points per game as the team secured its first-ever women’s basketball championship last month.
The New York Post reported that during the celebration, Tigers star forward Angel Reese, whom President Biden mistakenly referred to as “Angela” before correcting himself, received a hug from Jill Biden. However, Reese had previously expressed reservations about attending the event, stating that the team might skip it and visit the Obamas instead.
Reese also claimed that Jill Biden had been denied access to the LSU players’ locker room before the championship game.
The incident involving Sa’Myah Smith’s collapse overshadowed what was meant to be a joyful celebration at the White House, leaving President Biden and the LSU women’s basketball team with a memorable and unexpected momen