Nick Saban, President Trump and the curious case of a signed football at the White HouseThe Advocate, Baton Rouge, La. — The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.
May 16--Apparently things got a bit weird at the White House last month when coach Nick Saban and his national championship-winning Alabama Crimson Tide visited President Trump.
According to Politico, it all began with a football and Cliff Sims, a special assistant to the president.
Sims, an Alabama grad, reportedly walked in to the Oval Office while Trump and Saban were posing for photos. Sims carried a football with him and explained he was trying to have Trump sign it as a gift for Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican. He dropped off the ball, and Trump signed it.
That's when things turned strange.
Sims said he never saw the ball again. Others said they saw it on his desk later that day.
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What's known is that the ball eventually landed on the desk of Chief of Staff John Kelly, who questioned Sims about his unannounced presence in the Oval Office.
"Kelly should have much more important things on his plate than chasing footballs around the West Wing," Chris Whipple, author of "The Gatekeepers: How the White House chiefs of staff define every presidency," told Politico.
The Alabama governor's office didn't comment on the signed football.
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