Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid didn't hesitate when asked if he would visit the White House after winning the Super Bowl on Sunday, according to the Daily Caller.
White House visits for major championship sports teams used to be a given, but during the presidency of Donald Trump, they have become more uncertain, and at times, a source of controversy, with teams often dominated by minorities and politically liberal athletes or coaches.
"Oh man, I hadn't even thought about that," Reid said after the game. "I mean, I'll be there. So, if they're inviting us, I'll be there. It's quite an honor I think."
The Chiefs players are somewhat split. Frank Clark, who showed up to Super Bowl media day wearing a T-shirt with a picture of Trump meeting Kanye West, said he had "mixed emotions" about it.
Tyrann Mathieu said he would go and represent his team and city.
"I'm here to represent the Kansas City Chiefs," Mathieu said. "I think my teammates feel the same way. Any time we get the opportunity to represent Kansas City the right way, represent our teammates the right way, I don't see any wrong in that."
Sometimes, teams visit the White House and individual players or coaches make the decision not to attend. Other times, such as with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA, the entire team skips the visit. After several stars expressed public disapproval of Trump, the president announced that he was disinviting the Warriors.
The U.S. women's national soccer team also had a White House controversy, when star player Megan Rapinoe said during an interview, "I'm not going to the f***ing White House," while the team was competing in the World Cup. The president responded by criticizing Rapinoe but inviting the team, win or lose. The team has not visited the White House.
And then, sometimes a team visits the White House, but becomes involved in some other (minor) controversy. Like the Clemson football team, which visited after winning the national championship in 2019. The government was shut down during that visit, so the players were served a variety of fast foods.
Sometimes, though, teams visit and they simply have a good time — the way it's supposed to be.