If the President of the United States of America personally invites you to do something, you pretty much have to do it — but NBA legend Ray Allen revealed he once turned down President Barack Obama’s offer to play golf in order to be prepared for a Miami Heat game on the same day.
Allen, who is playing at David Ortiz’s charity golf outing in the Dominican Republic, said that during Heat’s championship season in 2013 he had to make an incredibly difficult decision on game day.
Via the New York Daily News:
“There was a spot open a couple years ago and [Alonzo Mourning] was playing with [Obama]. I had a game that day. [Obama] was playing at 10 a.m. I was like, ‘I really would love to, but I don’t know if I can make that work.’ I’m a guy – I’m at all practices, I’m ready to be there. I wouldn’t feel right to go play golf…. Every guy in the locker room said, ‘Dude, you should go play with the president.’”
Allen played with Obama, Stephen Curry and Dell Curry earlier this year.
Allen said that when he saw the president later that year, Obama ribbed him over the snub.
“We went to the White House later on that year. That was the…