Kansas City Chiefs star player Travis Kelce is facing online criticism after he explained why he would visit the White House to celebrate the team's Super Bowl victory despite his personal political objections.
"Grew up my whole life watching teams win championships and then go to the White House and get recognized for their greatness... regardless of who is in office I think it's a unique opportunity to experience our nations Capital," he tweeted.
While Kelce was excited to visit the White House, many online were less than enthused, as they were expecting him to protest against President Donald Trump. Kelce had previously participated in the controversial kneeling protest during the national anthem.
Kelce's teammate, Frank Clark, had mixed feelings about attending.
"I know historically," he said, "that's something you do as a Super Bowl champion. But we'll see, man. It's a lot of mixed emotions about stuff going on there. We'll see."
Kansas City Head coach Andy Reid said that he would be attending the celebration.
"If they're inviting us, I'll be there," Reid said. "It's quite an honor, I think."
President Trump had said previously that he was excited to host the Chiefs.
"Every one of them wants to be here. And the coach loves us. The coach is great. Andy Reid," he said.