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Biden will welcome the Super Bowl-winning Kansas City Chiefs to the White House next week

By Vaseline May31,2024
Biden will welcome the Super Bowl-winning Kansas City Chiefs to the White House next week

The White House announced Friday that President Joe Biden will welcome the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs to the White House on May 31 — but it seems unlikely that football’s most famous fan will be in attendance.

It will be the second visit in as many years for the Chiefs, who are celebrating their first back-to-back Super Bowl championships in two decades.

The visit caps off a particularly high-profile season for the Chiefs after pop superstar Taylor Swift and Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce went public with their relationship early in the season. But Swift is unlikely to visit the White House with Kelce – she is touring Europe as part of the overseas leg of her record-breaking “Eras Tour” and will play a show in Madrid the night before the visit before traveling on to Lyon , France, later in the weekend.

Speaking to reporters after last year’s visit, quarterback Patrick Mahomes called the trip to the White House “surreal.”

“I mean, I’ve never been to Washington, DC. I have never even seen the White House or any of the monuments or memorials from the outside,” Mahomes told reporters. “And so, to be able to be here and see that, and see the history of this great nation that we have – it was really cool for me to just be here and be in the moment, and I don’t think I could just imagine that it would be as cool as it was.

The visit could have some underlying tension after Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker criticized Biden, who is Catholic, and other unnamed Catholic leaders for “pushing dangerous gender ideologies on America’s youth” — an apparent reference to transgender rights. His speech at Benedictine College, a small Catholic school in Atchison, Kansas, drew criticism, especially for a section in which he said a woman’s achievements at home are more valuable than any academic or professional goals.

“I want to speak directly to you briefly because I think you, the women, have been fed the most diabolical lies against you,” Butker said during the speech.

“How many of you are sitting here right now, about to cross this stage, thinking about all the promotions and titles you’re going to get in your career? Some of you may have successful careers in the world, but I would venture to guess that the majority of you are most excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into this world,” he said.

Butker also praised his wife Isabelle, saying she “would be the first to say that her life really began when she began living her calling as a wife and as a mother.”

When asked earlier this week whether Butker would visit the White House with the team, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told reporters, “Oh, I’m sure he will, yeah.”

Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to comment on the delicate situation when asked at a press conference last week whether the White House expected Butker to attend the festivities.

“Honestly, I can say that we invite the whole team and we always do that. I have nothing else,” she told reporters. “We invite the team, it’s an invitation that goes to the team, and so it’s up to the team who comes and who doesn’t.”

Mahomes defended Butker on Wednesday, telling reporters that Butker is a “good person” despite “not necessarily agreeing” with his comments.

“I’m not going to judge him on that. I judge him by the way he behaves every day. I’m not going to go into the full details of the entire speech,” Mahomes said. “At the same time, I know what kind of person he is and I’m going to make sure I look at that first and let the other things happen on their own.”

Reid said he talks to Butker “all the time” but did not discuss the speech with him.

“We are a microcosm of life here,” Reid said. “Everyone comes from different areas, different religions, different races and we all get along. We all respect each other’s opinions, and we don’t necessarily follow them, but we respect everyone to have a voice.”

“It’s a great thing about America and we, like I said, are just a microcosm of that,” he continued. “My wish is that everyone can follow that. … I don’t think he spoke ill of women. He has his opinion, and we all respect that. I let you into this room, and you have many opinions that I don’t like.”

CNN’s Jacob Lev and AJ Willingham contributed to this report.

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