Mystics’ top draft pick once gave President Obama bunny ears


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The Washington Mystics selected U-Conn. center Stefanie Dolson with the No. 6 pick in last night’s WNBA draft and then traded for her college roommate, Bria Hartley, who was drafted one pick later by the Seattle Storm.

“A great place, a great city,” Dolson said of Washington. “I know some people down there, so I know I’ll have fun and be able to have them help me explore the city. The team is amazing, so I’m excited to get to know them and play with them.”

Hartley, who heads to D.C. along with former Maryland star Tianna Hawkins in exchange for another former Terp, Crystal Langhorne, isn’t the only person Dolson will know in Washington. She met President Barack Obama during the Huskies’ visit to the White House last summer.

The photo caused a bit of an uproar from those who considered it disrespectful, leading Dolson to explain herself in the days that followed.

Via SNY.tv:

“President Obama’s a light-hearted guy. He was making jokes, cracking jokes at Coach (Geno Auriemma), even during his speech he was joking around. When we posed for the picture he turned around and kind of said, ‘Don’t go doing those bunny ears as a joke.’ Me, Kiah, and Stewie (Breanna Stewart) were like, ‘Should we do it?’ We took the nice pictures and then as a joke we put our fingers behind his ears. I thought it was funny. Overall, I thought it was a good time.

“Obviously there are people that thought it was disrespectful. I meant no disrespect towards the president. I hope he knows that and I hope everyone else knows that. It was a joke. When people see the video and know why I did it, they’ll understand that. And people that know me, that know what kind of person I am, know I would never disrespect any person like that.”

After U-Conn. defeated Notre Dame to cap a 40-0 season and its second consecutive national title earlier this month, Dolson delivered a message to Obama.

Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas was drafted No. 4 by the New York Liberty and then traded to the Connecticut Sun.

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