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Jed York on 49ers' possible White House visit: 'I respect the office'

Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News on

Published in Football

The San Francisco 49ers are one win away from enjoying a parade to celebrate the franchise's sixth Super Bowl victory.

Would a visit to the White House to meet President Donald Trump follow?

In a discussion with reporters at Levi's Stadium on Friday, 49ers owner Jed York discussed the possibility and indicated that no decision has been made regarding a potential trip to Washington, D.C.

"I respect the office of the president. I'm not going to get into politics," York said.

The 49ers owner doesn't want to overlook the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV, but said he hopes key members of the franchise and the team will have the opportunity to discuss a White House trip.

"I hope that we have that decision to make, I hope we have that opportunity and I hope that we're fortunate enough to get a call from the president," York said.

When asked earlier this week about going to the White House in the event the 49ers win the Super Bowl, cornerback Richard Sherman said he doubted he would make the trip. The standard trip to the White House for championship teams has become less standard.

 

Even the Patriots -- with a team owner, quarterback and head coach who all have supported Trump -- did not go last offseason after winning Super Bowl LIII, citing scheduling problems.

The Golden State Warriors did not visit the White House following their championships in 2017 or 2018 as head coach Steve Kerr and a number of the team's most prominent players including Steph Curry have been outspoken in their criticism of the president.

In January, 2019, the Warriors did visit former President Barack Obama during a trip to Washington, D.C.

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