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Celebrities invite Clemson football team to 'real' dinners in apparent swipe at President Trump


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The Clemson Tigers football team apparently enjoyed their White House dinner of fast food with President Donald Trump, but other people are insistent that Trump's kind gesture simply wasn't good enough.

Clemson visited the White House on Monday night to celebrate its 44-16 win over Alabama in the national championship game on Jan. 7.



One such person was "Good Morning America" co-host Michael Strahan, a former NFL standout himself.

During Wednesday's show, Strahan discussed the team's presidential dinner and offered to take the team out for lobster and caviar, inviting them out to New York City to eat the decadent meal.

"We gonna take care of you," Strahan said. "We gonna give you the proper meal that you deserve because that was one great game, a great accomplishment."

Strahan did not reveal if he — like Trump — would shell out thousands of dollars for dinner fare, or would pay for the entire team's transportation and lodging in the city.

The show's Twitter account shared a snippet of Strahan's invitation, captioning it, "ATTENTION @ClemsonFB: @michaelstrahan has a very important announcement for you! Should we expect to see you in Times Square for lobster AND caviar soon?"

Oh, brother.

Indeed. And that wasn't all.

Nick Kokonas — one of the owners of Chicago's prolific restaurateur group, The Alinea Group — offered up an "actual celebration dinner" in response to Trump's generosity.

On Twitter, he wrote, "I could care less about college football. But I'm personally inviting the Clemson Tigers team and coaches to Chicago to experience what an actual celebration dinner should be. I'm not joking. Someone let them know what The Alinea Group does. It'll be worth it @ClemsonTigers."

In an email to the Chicago Sun-Times, Kokonas said that he hadn't heard back from the team at the time of this writing.

"I don't know NCAA rules around something like this," Kokonas' email added. "We are, obviously, not affiliated with any university, professional or amateur sports teams, nor do we want anything in return. Given the national championship and the unique nature of the offer, I'd hope the NCAA would look at this as something that would be good for amateur athletics in America, not bad. But I have not reached out nor will I unless Clemson wishes for us to do so."

One last thing…
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