Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay recently told reporters his team was “undecided” on whether they would skip the White House visit following the Super Bowl.
Fortunately for the Rams, they no longer hold the burden of making the decision as only winners of the Super Bowl get invited to visit the president of the United States.
In the world of professional sports, it has become trendy to disrespect President Donald Trump by forgoing the official White House visit following winning a championship.
The Patriots dominated the Rams in a 13-3 victory, highlighted by a masterful defensive performance by head coach Bill Belichick's team.
Last year, President Trump disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles after many of the players decided not to go in protest of his administration.
"The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. They 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 said in a statement at the time. "The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better.”
On Twitter, the president also blasted the organization for not standing for the national anthem as a team.
“The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House,” he tweeted. “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!”
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Belichick, and owner Robert Kraft are all on friendly terms with President Trump. So far, only one Patriots player has said he plans to skip the White House visit.
Patriots safety Duron Harmon told TMZ he would like to meet former President Barack Obama instead of President Trump.