clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Duncan passes on invitation from POTUS to go to Rio

President of the United States Barack Obama reportedly reached out to Tim Duncan personally asking if he'd accompany him to Rio to watch the Olympics. Timmy said no.

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

We're all too familiar with the simple fact that Tim Duncan will do whatever it takes to avoid the spotlight, but you would think a personal invitation from the President of the United States might get him out of bed, right?

Well, apparently not. According to a recent Sports Illustrated article the President personally invited Tim Duncan to accompany him on his plane to fly to Rio to watch the Olympics, but Duncan respectfully declined. Yes, he told POTUS no. Here's how Bruce Bowen described it:

"And it's funny that he was offered an opportunity to fly here with the President of the United States, and he discussed it with me and I'm like, 'You're going, right?' He was like, 'You know I'm not about that stuff.' Even that moment where you'd say, 'I sure would like to be a part of that,' it doesn't happen with Tim because he's not concerned with that stuff"

It's mind boggling that someone can say the words "you know I'm not about that stuff" when referring to watching the Olympic Games with the President, but when you consider that it's Tim, it's not all that surprising. Duncan must have some laundry that needed folding, or perhaps he just wanted to spend some quality time with his kids.

Is it possible that we will never see Tim Duncan out in public ever again? Certainly he'll show up when the Spurs retire his number.