- The Chiefs are celebrating their Super Bowl LIV victory – and their first championship in five decades.
- It’s customary for teams who win major championships to visit the White House, although this has been a thorny issue since President Trump was elected.
- Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has said he’ll “be there” if an invitation to the White House materializes.
The Super Bowl is over, so you know what that means. Breathless debates about whether the Kansas City Chiefs will visit the White House.
At least one Chiefs personality isn’t keeping his cards close to his vest. Head Coach Andy Reid seems keen:
I mean, I’ll be there. If they’re inviting us, I’ll be there. It’s quite an honor, I think.
Good on Reid for not being afraid to voice his honest opinion.
Why White House Visits Became a Controversial Super Bowl Tradition
The New England Patriots never got around to visiting the White House last year due to “scheduling conflicts.” The organization went to great lengths to clarify that it wasn’t for political reasons.
The year before, President Trump canceled the visit from the Philadelphia Eagles after it became apparent that most of the team had no intention of showing up.
The reason? They objected to President Trump’s divisive politics.
This year it looks like the Kansas City Chiefs head coach will be happy to visit, even after President Trump made a hilarious blunder in his congratulatory tweet to the Super Bowl champions.
It’s the thought that counts, though, right?
The Chiefs Have the Right Attitude About a Trump Invitation
So far, the noises coming from the Kansas City Chiefs have been relatively positive about visiting the White House.
Wide receiver Tyreek Hill seems open to the idea, commenting:
That would be great to go to the White House. I’ve never been to D.C., so that would be great.
Safety Tyrann Mathieu was also quite positive about a White House visit, saying that he was here to represent the Chiefs:
I’m here to represent the Kansas City Chiefs. 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.
Mathieu’s attitude is a breath of fresh air in this day and age, when it seems every athlete wants to be defined by their political opinions.
Players like Mathieu should be applauded for their willingness to ignore political agendas and represent their organization the right way.
You Only Get So Many Chances to Eat Fast Food at the White House
There are undoubtedly a lot of football players who don’t appreciate the president’s politics, and that’s fine. Don’t put your employer – and your teammates – in a tough spot by making things awkward.
Push your agenda in your own time.
Besides, it would be a shame if outspoken Chiefs players caused Andy Reid to miss the chance to pig out on one of Trump’s legendary fast-food buffets.
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