Jed York hopes 49ers are in position to visit White House

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What once was a given has become a point of contention in recent years, spanning two administrations. As the 49ers and Chiefs prepare to battle for the privilege of the next NFL invitation to the White House, San Francisco CEO Jed York has taken a pragmatic approach: It doesn’t matter until the 49ers win the Super Bowl.

“I mean, we have to get to that point,” York told reporters on Friday, via Matt Barrows of TheAthletic.com. “For me, personally, I respect the office of the President. And I’m not going to get into politics. I hope we have that decision to make and I hope we have that opportunity and I hope we’re fortunate enough to get a call from the President to invite us to the White House.”

York may have avoided politics on Friday, but his politics are no secret. Unlike most of his colleagues in NFL membership, he’s not a conservative. Unlike most of his colleagues in NFL membership, he has not shied away from publicly criticizing the current occupant of the residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

In 2017, after President Trump made highly critical comments of players who choose to kneel during the national anthem, York called the remarks “callous and offensive” and “contradictory to what this great country stands for.” The next month, speaking to Peter King, York said of attacks from the President, “We need to be above it. We need to be above petty attacks from anybody, because racial and socioeconomic inequality have existed in this country for too long. You’ve got to block out the noise and do your job.”

On Friday, York made it clear that he respects the office. If the 49ers win, the ball will be in the White House’s court to issue the invitation. Given that the kneeling controversy began with a former 49ers employee in August 2016, and in light of the very simple and superficial fact that the team is headquartered (at least in name, and in Super Bowl parade) in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s district, there’s a decent chance that the letter gets lost in the mail.

22 responses to “Jed York hopes 49ers are in position to visit White House


  1. GenXJ says:
    January 25, 2020 at 10:16 am
    Mahomes helps build homes for veterans.
    I hope the chiefs win.
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    49ers’ TE George Kittle is working with USAA and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors to bring the wife of Army Sgt. Martin “Mick” LaMar and her 16-year-old son to Super Bowl LIV. LaMar was shot and killed on his second tour of duty in Iraq in Jan. 2011.‬ I hope the Niners win.

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    GenXJ says:
    January 25, 2020 at 10:16 am
    Mahomes helps build homes for veterans.
    I hope the chiefs win.
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    niners816 says:
    January 25, 2020 at 10:26 am
    49ers’ TE George Kittle is working with USAA and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors to bring the wife of Army Sgt. Martin “Mick” LaMar and her 16-year-old son to Super Bowl LIV. LaMar was shot and killed on his second tour of duty in Iraq in Jan. 2011.‬ I hope the Niners win.
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    I hope it ends in a tie.

  3. A team has to win the SB to be “in position” for a White House visit. Jed York wants a SB win of course. Whether the team will go visit however is up to the team members. I don’t see most players wanting to go visit after they win the SB.

  4. Turning down a White House visit is not disrespecting the office. To the contrary, it is a very American thing to do. The president is not a king. He (or she someday) is not entitled to any more respect than any other citizen.

  5. If a US president invited me to the Whitehouse I’d be there. Don’t care who it is. The only person my political beliefs completely align with is me.

  6. it all comes down to the refs, and who they want to win…Just look to see who the refs will call offensive holding on whenever the team that they want to lose starts moving the ball on the other side of the 50…Been pretty obvious all year thats how they do it….and the bogus pass interference calls.

  7. Imagine if an NFL owner cited political differences and dared to not take his team to for a WH visit during Emperor Obama’s reign!
    Oh the outrage and vitriol that would be directed at that owner.
    Yet again, one set of rules for the left and another for the right.

  8. dryzzt23 says:
    January 25, 2020 at 5:06 pm
    Imagine if an NFL owner cited political differences and dared to not take his team to for a WH visit during Emperor Obama’s reign!
    Oh the outrage and vitriol that would be directed at that owner.
    Yet again, one set of rules for the left and another for the right.

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    Tom Brady, a pretty well known Republican and Trump supporter, didn’t go to the WH when Obama was president. He went watch shopping. James Harrison refused to go in 06 and 09 when Bush and Obama were president. Matt Birk of the Ravens didn’t go when Obama was president. He didn’t go because he didn’t support Obama and went on rant about Obama and abortion. So players have skipped the WH for other presidents, including Democrats.

    “According to the Patriots, Brady skipped out on the 2015 White House visit because he said that he had a previously planned “family commitment.”

    As it turns out though, Brady wasn’t with his family when the Patriots went to Washington on the morning of April 23. According to ESPN.com, the Patriots quarterback was actually at Gillette Stadium getting some stretching in while the rest of the team was visiting with Obama and was later spotted in New York shopping for the latest Apple Watch while his team and coaches were still in Washington.”

  9. The players have been watching. Everyone that has gone to the White House has enjoyed the experience. Trump is going to be re-elected easily. The Eagles didn’t go and guess what, no one cared and nothing was proven by it.

  10. Good for York. This was never an issue before social media. Now everyone wants to be offended and a victim. Accept the invitation, go, say thank you, and go about your life.

  11. Mark Chmura didn’t go to the WH because he had problems with Bill Clinton’s morality. We all know how that one flipped on Mark, eh?

    Man, you get a chance to meet a sitting President at the White House you jump on it. Even if it’s Trump. Empty suit or not. It’s a once in a lifetime thing.

  12. niners816 says:
    January 25, 2020 at 10:26 am

    GenXJ says:
    January 25, 2020 at 10:16 am
    Mahomes helps build homes for veterans.
    I hope the chiefs win.
    ———–
    49ers’ TE George Kittle is working with USAA and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors to bring the wife of Army Sgt. Martin “Mick” LaMar and her 16-year-old son to Super Bowl LIV. LaMar was shot and killed on his second tour of duty in Iraq in Jan. 2011.‬ I hope the Niners win.
    _____________________

    So Mahomes helps build homes for veterans and Kittle is taking “one” veterans’ wive and son to a SB, I’ll go with the guy that’s done it for several families over of the guy that’s only done it for one family!

    BTW what’s more important, a home that lasts for life or a one time trip to the SB that just lasts a couple of days? For someone with their priorities straight the answer is very simple!

  13. dryzzt23 says:
    January 25, 2020 at 5:06 pm
    Imagine if an NFL owner cited political differences and dared to not take his team to for a WH visit during Emperor Obama’s reign!
    _________________________________

    Contrary to what the media has told us numerous times Jed York IS NOT an NFL owner, his mother Denise DeBartolo-York, Eddie DeBartolo’s sister owns the team, Jed is just the CEO!

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