Sean McVay: Rams undecided on potential White House visit
Sean McVay already has had to field a question about whether or not the Los Angeles Rams would pay a visit to the White House to celebrate a potential championship should the team defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII.
The notion that McVay and the Rams actually have considered a potential White House visit days before the Super Bowl — much less coming out on the winning end — is presumably slim to none.
However, in this highly charged political climate that has caused such visits to become a polarizing issue, perhaps it’s not all that surprising McVay was asked to touch upon the subject while meeting with the media Tuesday morning.
Sean McVay says the Rams are focused on winning the Super Bowl, and then they’ll discuss a possible White House visit pic.twitter.com/OVPxmFFSYy— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 29, 2019
“Yeah, I think the biggest thing is if we’re fortunate enough to win this game then we’ll talk about what’s next in regards to those steps and that’s exactly how we’ll approach it.
“The first thing is we have to win this game and that’s going to be a great challenge for us, so that’s really kind of where we’re at. We’re solely focused on trying to win the game against an excellent football team that’s been doing it as well as anybody over the last handful of years and the luxuries or some of the opportunities that are presented as a result of winning are things we’ll have to filter through as an organization.”
Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump has been known to make critical comments concerning controversial issues in the sports world, something that has inspired some organizations — or individual players — to decline championship ceremony invitations.
Trump has also rescinded previous invitations to championship teams or declined to extend one in the first place as well. Several teams of course have attended such ceremonies without incident or controversy, though.
All that said, it nevertheless remains somewhat premature to ask about a potential White House visit ahead of the championship-deciding game. As noted, though, it’s hardly surprising the topic came up.