Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid says he would agree to visit the White House to celebrate his team’s Super Bowl victory if President Trump extends an invitation.
While speaking to reporters shortly after the Chiefs' victory on Sunday night, Reid said he “hadn’t even thought” about the potential visit.
“I’ll be there. If they’re inviting us, I’ll be there. It’s quite an honor, I think,” he said.
Wide receiver Tyreek Hill also said he thinks it “would be great to go to the White House,” according to The Kansas City Star.
“I’ve never been to D.C., so that would be great,” he added.
Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark, however, was less committal following the team's 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 54.
“It’s a lot of stuff going on surrounding the White House and stuff like that,” Clark said, according to the Star. “I know historically ... 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,” he added again.
Cornerback Bashaud Breeland and safety Tyrann Mathieu also weighed in on the matter.
“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.”
Mathieu added, “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.”
Though it is a tradition for championship U.S. sports teams to visit the White House following their title games, the practice has become a source of controversy since Trump has taken office.
In 2018, Trump disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles, pointing to some of their players' participation in demonstrations during the national anthem before games. The move by Trump also came following reports that some of the team’s players were planning to skip the visit.
The NBA's Golden State Warriors, whose players and coach have been vocally critical of Trump, have not visited the White House following either of their championships under his term.