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UConn responds after players give president 'bunny ears'

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The University of Connecticut women's basketball team visited the White House Wednesday and met with the president.

However, a gesture by some of them has some people upset and now the university has responded.

The Huskies were honored during a ceremony Wednesday afternoon after they earned their eighth national championship in April.

During the photo-opportunity with President Barrack Obama, junior Stefanie Dolson and sophomore Kiah Stokes gave him "bunny ears."

Dolson even joked about the incident on Twitter.

"Casually giving the president bunny ears! Had a great time being with the team.. Oh and the president," she tweeted.

Before the incident, Obama can be heard saying "everyone say cheese and no rabbit ears" and then a few seconds later, "OK go ahead."

UConn Athletics Department released a statement about the incident on Friday.

"Kiah and Stef are really good natured, fun-loving kids who meant absolutely no disrespect. They never would have done anything like that had the president not given them the go-ahead. President Obama was having a great time and I think it showed how good a sense of humor he really does have" 

The UConn Huskies defeated Louisville Cardinals 93-60 during the NCCAA Tournament in April. Their last title for the Huskies was in 2010.

The Huskies have met with Obama at the White House in 2009 and 2010. In the pervious incidents, the president played basketball on the court with some of the players.

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