Angel Reese And LSU To Visit White House Just After Her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Hits

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BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU women’s basketball celebrity Angel Reese is starting to give LSU gymnastics celebrity Olivia Dunne a run for her money, and overexposure.

Reese was just announced as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model for the May 12 issue of the magazine. And now, she and her teammates will visit President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden at the White House on May 26 to celebrate the Tigers’ national championship.

That’s quite a two-week stretch for Reese. The junior forward from the Baltimore area helped lead LSU and second-year coach Kim Mulkey to the school’s first national championship in basketball this season.

Angel Reese Vs. Olivia Dunne In NIL, Attention Battle

Dunne makes more Name, Image & Likeness money than Reese and anyone else, reportedly, and will also be in the upcoming SI swimsuit issue. According to her 2022 earnings, Dunne made $2.3 million in NIL money, and that is expected to continue to increase significantly throughout 2023. Reese’s NIL earnings are estimated at $1.3 million for 2023 after a cap of just $370,000 before the NCAA Tournament.

Dunne has been a celebrity athlete of sorts even before NIL began in the summer of 2021.

The White House will honor the UConn men’s basketball team for its national championship that same day.

Georgia Football Grew Tired Of Waiting For Invite

Meanwhile, the Georgia football team finally got a White House invite on May 3 for a June 12 ceremony after back-to-back national titles in the 2021 and ’22 seasons. But Georgia declined as the date was “not feasible given the student-athlete calendar,” Georgia associate athletic director Claude Felton told OutKick.

Georgia had been told months ago an invitation was on the way. But as of April, school officials were concerned it was getting too late.

“However, we are appreciative of the invitation and look forward to other opportunities for Georgia teams moving forward,” associate athletic director Claude Felton told OutKick.

Angel Reese Originally Said She Would Not Visit White House

Reese at first said she would not be attending any White House ceremony honoring LSU’s team. This was after Jill Biden suggested that LSU and Iowa should both be invited because it was such a good title game, though LSU won by 17. The White House walked back Mrs. Biden’s comments shortly after she made them. Losing teams have never been honored at the many White House national championship ceremonies.

“You can’t go back on certain things you say,” Reese said on the “I Am Athlete” podcast on April 5. “We’ll get to the Obamas (former president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle). We’ll go see Michelle. We’ll go see Barack.”

Shortly after that, an LSU athletic department statement said the women’s team “would certainly accept an invitation.”

Angel Reese’s Crossover Dribble Comment

Then Reese herself went back on her statement about not going to the White House.

“Just going back on it, you don’t get that experience (a White House visit) ever,” Reese said on April 7 to ESPN. “I know my team probably wants to go for sure, and my coaches are supportive of that. So I’m going to do what’s best for the team. And if they would like to go, we decide we’re going to go, then we’re going to go.”

LSU’s Angel Reese (10) taunts Iowa star Caitlin Clark after LSU won the national championship. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Reese created mega attention for women’s basketball and much more NIL money for herself after starting a controversy with Iowa star guard Caitlin Clark as the final seconds ticked away in LSU’s title victory.

NIL Rush To Angel Reese

Instead of rushing to her teammates as the game ended and after for a celebration as national championship teams usually do, Reese instead went up to Clark. She taunted her by pointing to her finger where a national championship ring will go.

Clark taunted opponents throughout the NCAA Tournament as well, but not after games were over. Reese continued her taunt for several seconds after the final horn.

Since the national championship victory, Reese has significantly upped her NIL money from approximately $370,000 a year to $1.3 million through deals with Raising Cane’s, CampusInk, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Leaf Trading Cards, Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

Written by Glenn Guilbeau

Guilbeau joined OutKick as an SEC columnist in September of 2021 after covering LSU and the Saints for 17 years at USA TODAY Louisiana. He has been a national columnist/feature writer since the summer of 2022, covering college football, basketball and baseball with some NFL, NBA, MLB, TV and Movies and general assignment, including hot dog taste tests.

A New Orleans native and Mizzou graduate, he has consistently won Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) awards since covering Alabama and Auburn at the Mobile Press-Register (1993-98) and LSU and the Saints at the Baton Rouge Advocate (1998-2004). In 2021, Guilbeau won an FWAA 1st for a game feature, placed in APSE Beat Writing, Breaking News and Explanatory, and won Beat Writer of the Year from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA). He won an FWAA columnist 1st in 2017 and was FWAA's top overall winner in 2016 with 1st in game story, 2nd in columns, and features honorable mention.

Guilbeau completed a book in 2022 about LSU's five-time national champion coach - "Everything Matters In Baseball: The Skip Bertman Story" - that is available at, and Barnes & Noble outlets. He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, the former Michelle Millhollon of Thibodaux who previously covered politics for the Baton Rouge Advocate and is a communications director.

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