Vice President Kamala Harris sadly saw her alma mater, Howard University, lose 96-68 to reigning NCAA basketball champion Kansas on Thursday.
Howard and Kansas played at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, and when Harris appeared on the video board, she was given an icy reception. According to multiple reports, the boos outweighed the cheers from the fans.
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After the game, the Vice President had the opportunity to encourage dejected Bison players in their dressing room after their defeat.
“You played hard. You played until the last second. You made all of us bison proud,” she said. “You’re smart. You’re disciplined. You put everything you had into the game. You didn’t stop and that’s so inspiring. So you keep playing with your chin up and your shoulders back because you showed the world , who are bison.
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“So I know you might not be feeling great right now, OK, but know who you are. You are excellent. You work hard. You are strong and you are winners.”
However, Harris’ speech didn’t really resonate with the rest of social media.
Howard was in her third NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament appearance in program history. It was the second time the team had been picked as No. 16. The Bison was a No. 12 seed in 1981.
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That season, Howard coach Kenneth Blakeney led the team to a 22-12 record – his best record as head coach to date. It was only three years ago that Howard only had four wins.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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