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49ers’ Richard Sherman on White House visit: ‘I doubt it’

It’s way too early to start talking about a White House visit or a possible boycott of same by the 49ers. Nevertheless, I asked 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman on Thursday if he will go to the White House if his team wins the Super Bowl and receives an invitation.

“I haven’t thought about it,” said Sherman, a team leader, adding, “we’ve got a long way between now and then, but I doubt it.”

That alone might be enough to get the 49ers scratched off the White House invitation list, should they beat Kansas City a week from Sunday.

Remember back in September 2017, when the Warriors were coming off an NBA championship and Stephen Curry, at the Warriors’ preseason media day, said he would not visit the White House if the Warriors were invited? Subsequently, President Trump tweeted that because of Curry’s comments, the team’s invitation was rescinded (though there had been no invitation).

The Warriors won the title again that season, and again were not invited.

Until Trump’s administration, White House visits by championship teams had for decades been automatic events — both the invitations and the attendance. Under Trump, it has been a crapshoot. Some teams don’t get invited, and some don’t attend, some arrive with players missing, often because of stated objections to Trump and his administration.

The Patriots won the Super Bowl in 2017, and about half the team attended the ceremony. Quarterback Tom Brady, reportedly a friend of Trump’s, did not attend, citing Brady’s mother’s illness.

The Eagles won the Super Bowl in 2018. They were invited, then uninvited after reports that only a few of the players would attend. The Patriots won last year but did not visit the White House.

Scott Ostler is a San Francisco Chronicle columnist. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @scottostler

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