Athletes have to figure out if their victory lap includes the White House

(CNN)For championship sports teams, an invite from the White House used to be a slam dunk. Why wouldn't you leap at the chance to visit the most famous home in the country and banter with the president?

But since last year, when President Trump began feuding with athletes over national anthem protests and other issues, the answer hasn't been so simple.
The tradition dates back at least to the '60s, although President Reagan in the '80s was the first to make it a regular occurrence.
    Some players have skipped the trip, citing scheduling conflicts. The Boston Celtics' Larry Bird made news when he opted out in 1984, saying, "If (Reagan) wants to see me, he knows where to find me." In 1991 Michael Jordan played golf instead of rubbing elbows with President George H. W. Bush. And in 2017 Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta skipped a White House visit with President Obama, fueling speculation that his decision was political (he denied it).
    Fast forward to now.
    Trump had already outraged some NFL players, about 70% of whom are black, when he appeared to suggest a moral equivalency between white supremacists and those who opposed them last August in Charlottesville, Virginia. Then he inserted himself into the sports world, launching Twitter attacks on the NFL over players who took a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.
    Some reporters now are asking players, "Are you going to the White House?" mere minutes after they've won a championship. And several members of the Philadelphia Eagles, fresh off their Super Bowl victory, have already said they won't be attending.
    Here's a look at how some major sports teams have responded to White House invites since Trump became President.

    The NFL

    Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
    Even before the Philadelphia Eagles faced-off against the New England Patriots in Sunday's Super Bowl, Eagles players Torrey Smith and Chris Long said in interviews that they would skip a potential White House visit.
    And the morning after the Eagles' historic win, safety Malcolm Jenkins, who has been an outspoken critic of Trump, confirmed to CNN's "New Day" that he also won't attend.
    It's a déjà vu moment.
    A week before last year's Super Bowl, New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, an outspoken supporter of the "Black Lives Matter" movement, told reporters he would "most likely" not attend and solidified his decision to skip the White House trip mere hours after the Patriots' big win against the Atlanta Falcons.
    Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty