Joe Biden will invite Buccaneers, Lakers to White House once it’s deemed COVID-19 safe
For four years of Donald Trump’s presidency, only a handful of teams across American sports paid a customary visit to the White House after winning a title.
With Joe Biden now in the Oval Office and aiming to restore normalcy in a variety of ways, the championship tradition looks like it will be coming back.
President Biden will formally invite the Super Bowl LV-winning Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 2019-20 NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers to Washington, D.C. “when it’s COVID-19 safe,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday, per Yahoo.
It’s unlikely that the White House will hold any large-scale events as the pandemic rages on, Psaki said.
Tampa Bay triumphed over the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-9, at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday. In Sept. 2020, the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in six games in the NBA Finals in the Orlando bubble for the franchise’s 17th NBA title.
Legends Tom Brady and LeBron James both earned MVP honors in each of their 10th(!) appearances in their league’s respective championship round.
Trump famously disinvited the Golden State Warriors to the White House in 2017 after Stephen Curry had already made clear that he had no interest in going. Trump’s petty rescinding of the invite prompted James to memorably call the former president a “bum”.
“Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!” James wrote in his all-time tweet.
By contrast, the current Lakers are looking forward to a trip to Washington in 2021, according to Yahoo!’s Chris Haynes.
James and the Warriors paid visits during Barack Obama’s presidency, but no NBA team went to D.C. during the Trump administration.
The New England Patriots did attend a ceremony with Trump in 2017, though Brady and 11 other players did not attend. The team did not go following their Super Bowl victory over the Los Angeles Rams in 2019.