Four more New England Patriots have said they will not be be joining the team for their trip to the White House. Defensive end Chris Long, defensive tackle Alan Branch, linebacker Dont’a Hightower, and running back LeGarrette blount all stated that they will not be attending the White House visit.
Blount told Rich Eisen “I won’t be going to the White House, I just don’t feel welcome in that house. I’ll just leave it at that.”
Devin McCourty said “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 other
Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty were the first two to publicly state they will not be joining the team on its celebratory visit to the White House.
That’s SIX Patriots (so far) who are not going. SIX!
Running back James White has said that he is considering skipping the trip, but will wait to decide until he receives an invite.
Every Patriot has their own political beliefs and views. It has been causing some controversy because of the Patriots being called “Trumps Team”. President Donald Trump has made it clear that he has a very good relationship with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Head Coach Bill Belichick, and quarterback Tom Brady. Given the close/tight relationship between Trump and Kraft (the owner of the Patriots), players are still choosing not to join the team regardless of what Kraft says.
Tom Brady was not present for the teams trip to White House in 2015 where they met with Barack Obama.
Players should be able to not go to the White House and not receive criticism. I personally don’t understand why people are freaking out about Patriots players not attending the White House. They don’t want to go, and they shouldn’t HAVE to go. Go if you want to go. Don’t go if you don’t want to go. It’s simple.
Already counting down the days until next season. Blitz for Six!