Chiefs' Head Coach Andy Reid says if White House Invites Team For Visit 'I'll Be There'

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Chiefs' Andy Reid open to attending White House after Super Bowl LIV win Maddie Meyer/Getty

Andy Reid is open to visiting the White House.

The Kansas City Chiefs' head coach, who led the team to its first Super Bowl win in 50 years on Sunday, commented on the longstanding tradition for championship-winning sports teams to travel to Washington D.C. and meet the sitting U.S. president.

"I haven't even thought about that yet, I mean I'll be there," Reid said to reporters. "If they're inviting us, I'll be there."

As of Monday, the Chiefs haven't formally been invited to the White House, but Reid was among many members of the team who said they would attend the event.

"That'll be great to go to the White House," Chiefs' wide receiver Tyreek Hill told the media after the team defeated the San Francisco 49ers. "I've never been to [Washington] D.C., so that'll be great."

The team's defensive end, Frank Clark was recently spotted wearing a sweatshirt that featured a picture of President Donald Trump meeting rapper Kanye West, which he called "a very historical moment in our history," but responded by saying "we'll see," when asked about visiting the White House.

"I know historically that's something you do as a Super Bowl Champion. But, we'll see," Clark said. "It's a lot of mixed emotions about stuff going on there. We'll see."

Safety Tyrann Mathieu and cornerback Bashaud Breeland also expressed their openness to visit with Trump.

"It's going to come – we're Super Bowl Champions," Breeland said. "We'll cross that bridge when we cross it. We had to get this game down first and now we know we got a trip going to the White House."

"I'm here to represent the Kansas City Chiefs. I think my teammates feel the same way. Anytime 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 said.

Despite the willingness of some Chiefs players to attend, there has been some controversy surrounding this tradition in recent years.

In 2018, after winning Super Bowl LII, the Philadelphia Eagles were initially invited to the White House, but after a number of players expressed their views on Trump and their support for players who kneeled for the National Anthem, the visit was canceled.

According to a statement issued by Trump at the time, the Eagles "disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country."

Trump also tweeted about the canceled event saying, "The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House. Unfortunately, only a small number of players decided to come, and we cancelled the event. Staying in the locker room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!"

The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House. Unfortunately, only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event. Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2018

In the NBA, the Golden State Warriors declined the invite to the White House after winning their NBA championship title in 2017. When the Warriors were initially invited, Warriors' guard Stephen Curry expressed his desire to not go, which led to Trump pulling his invitation.

"Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn," Trump tweeted in 2017.

Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017

The next year Trump publicly stated that the 2018 NBA champions would not be invited. "I didn't invite Lebron James, and I didn't invite Steph Curry. We're not going to invite either team," Trump told reporters at the time.

A few other championship-winning sports teams have not been invited to the White House such as the men's college basketball teams, Virginia (2019) and Villanova (2018), women's Notre Dame basketball team in 2017 and the WNBA 2017 Champions, the Seattle Storm.

Trump and members of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team were also caught up in controversy in 2019 as the team played in France for the World Cup. Shortly before the tournament began, a video of forward Megan Rapinoe telling a reporter she wouldn't go "to the f------ White House" if invited went viral. Trump later responded to Rapinoe on Twitter, saying that the athlete should "win before she talks."

Several other members of the team later said they supported Rapinoe and also would not attend if invited. According to Sports Illustrated, the White House did extend an invitation to the USWNT following their World Cup win, but the team did not accept.

Newsweek reached out to both the Chiefs and the White House for comment on the potential invitation and a visit but did not receive a response in time for publication.