Kansas City Chiefs place kicker Harrison Butker (7) talks to the media during Super Bowl LVIII Opening Night at Allegiant Stadium. Credit: Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports

Despite his controversial comments last week, Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker will still be invited to partake in the team’s upcoming championship celebration visit to the White House.

During Friday’s press briefing, CNN’s MJ Lee asked White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre first if the Chiefs will still be invited to visit the White House, to which Jean-Pierre said they would be invited, just as all American sports champions are, and the invitation extends to “the entire team.”

Lee then had a follow-up question about Butker, specifically, asking, “So can you confirm, you said everyone on the team is obviously invited. Is the Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker welcomed at this White House?”

“What I can say is we invite the entire team and we do that always. I don’t have anything beyond that,” Jean-Pierre replied.

However, Lee still had one more question regarding Butker’s comments. “Given his recent comments, is he specifically welcomed at this point in time?” She asked.

Jean-Pierre fired back, one more time, “It’s an invitation that goes to the team, and so it’s up to the team who comes and doesn’t come. It’s the way it usually works.”

Butker attended Kansas City’s visit to the White House in June 2023. The team didn’t get a visit after their first Super Bowl victory, as the COVID-19 pandemic caused it to be indefinitely postponed and ultimately canceled.

[Fox News]