As the San Francisco 49ers gear up to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in an upcoming Super Bowl matchup next weekend, it appears that controversy surrounding potential post-win White House visits to meet with President Donald Trump is already stirring.
According to Daily Wire, 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman was recent asked if he would make the traditional victory appearance at the national’s capital to meet and greet the president — something that was never in question before Trump took office.
Sherman said that while there’s a ways to go before he has to make the decision on whether or not to go to the White House, his thoughts on the matter were fairly clear.
“I haven’t thought about it,” Sherman said to a sports reporter. “We’ve got a long way between now and then, but I doubt it.”
Strangely enough, Sherman has already made a post Super Bowl appearance at the White House after he helped lead the Seattle Seahawks to victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
It was also reported that Sherman and his fellow players had a fantastic time in the process.
“By all accounts, the Seattle Seahawks had a jolly good time at their White House visit,” as it was reported at the time. “They took selfies. They took a tour of the people’s house. They shook hands and joked with the commander in chief. And the commander in chief joked right back.”
So what has changed? At the time, former President Barack Obama occupied the White House.
Apparently, now that Trump is in office, Sherman’s outlook has changed. As many on both sides of the political aisle will attest to, making an appearance to be celebrated by the president at the White House after a major victory transcended politics.
But that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.
Interestingly, though Sherman expressed agreement with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s cause, he publicly disagreed with the way Kaepernick and some of his teammates chose to protest at the time — which was by taking a knee during the National Anthem.