Full List of Patriots Not Going to the White House to Meet Donald Trump
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Full List of Patriots Not Going to the White House to Meet Donald Trump

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LeGarrette Blount, Dion Lewis and Martellus Bennett at the New England PAtriots victory parade in Boston on February 7, 2017. (Photo by Michael J. Ivins/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots already celebrated their Super Bowl LI victory with a parade in Boston on February 7, but there is still one more part of the celebrating to go: a trip to the White House. But with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, at least six Patriots players have all said that they will not attend.

While on The Today Show, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said his players have the right to chose not to go to the White House as Americans. “This is America. We’re all free to do whatever’s best for us and we’re just privileged to be in a position of going,” he said.

The Patriots last visited the White House in 2015, after winning Super Bowl XLIX. That trip was politicized as well, since quarterback Tom Brady missed that ceremony. He cited a “prior family commitment,” but he made sure to visit the White House during the three times the Patriots won the Super Bowl during President George W. Bush’s administration.

While Brady said he couldn’t see Obama because of his family, most of the Patriots who won’t see Trump have all made their reasons quite clear. They don’t agree with Trump’s policies.

Here’s a look at the six Patriots who have already said they won’t go. This post will be updated as more Patriots comment. The Patriots’ visit to the White House hasn’t been scheduled yet.


1. Chris Long
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Chris Long is the son of Howie Long. (Getty)

New York Daily News columnist Chuck Maodiano wrote an open letter to Chris Long, asking him to skip the Trump White House meeting. Maodiano noted that Long was one of the only white NFL players to join in Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest during the season.

Long later tweeted that he planned on skipping meeting Trump, even before Maodiano’s column.


2. LeGarrette Blount

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LeGarrette Blount. (Getty)

While on The Rich Eisen Show, running back LeGarrette Blount said he won’t meet Trump. “I don’t feel welcome in that house. I’ll leave it at that,” Blount said.


3. Martellus Bennett

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Martellus Bennett. (Getty)

Before the Patriots won the Super Bowl, tight end Martellus Bennett said he would not visit Trump if the team won. Bennett previously made it clear that he was disappointed that Trump became the next president by writing an open letter to his daughter, inspiring her to try her best to succeed in a world with Trump as president.

“I’ve got to win the Super Bowl first, but most likely no. Cause I don’t – that’s not – I don’t support the guy that’s in the house,” Bennett said before the Super Bowl.

After the Patriots won, he again said he won’t go and doesn’t care what Patriots owner Robert Kraft thinks about his decision.


4. Devin McCourty

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Devin McCourty. (Getty)

Devin McCourty, who was a part of the Super Bowl XLIX team, told Time Magazine that he will not visit the White House.

“I’m not going to the White House,” McCourty told the magazine. “Basic reason for me is I don’t feel accepted in the White House. With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won’t.”


5. Dont’a Hightower

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Dont’a Hightower, whose strip-sack of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan helped pave the way for the Patriots’ incredible comeback, told ESPN that he doesn’t want to go. He visited in 2015, after winning Super Bowl XLIX. Hightower also won the BCS national champion twice with Alabama.


6. Alan Branch

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Alan Branch cited his family as the reason for missing the White House ceremony in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio.


7. James White (Maybe)

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James White. (Getty)

James White, who Tom Brady called the real MVP of Super Bowl LI, is debating skipping the trip.

“I’ll wait ’til the time comes and decide then,” White told the Sporting News.

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cowbulls

BFD. I hope a few of these clowns get their position targeted with a draft choice so they can enjoy working for a living after they get cut.

Anonymous

Honey, they’ve already made more money than you’ll ever see . . . they don’t have to worry ’bout retirement . . . and if it was so easy to do, why are they paid so much money in the first place? Guess you forgot this is a capitalistic country . . . which I think would please you given so many voted for ole Trumpie because he is a so-called “businessman” . . .

Yup

Whoopideedoo. Overpaid sacks of meat making other people rich. Who cares if they show or not. Apparently anti-Trump Heavydotcom does….

Nope

who cares? apparently you cared enough to insult them and post a reply to this article.

Anonymous

Apprarently a lot of people care’ otherwise why would they pay hundreds, if not thousands of dollars ever year on cable so they never miss a game . . . why do Super Bowl tickets go for thousands of dollars . . . you’re either in deep denial or really stupid.

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