Patriots Players Martellus Bennett And Devin McCourty Refuse To Visit Trump White House

Ford Springer | Contributor

Two New England Patriots players have already made it known that they don’t plan to visit the White House when the team is eventually invited to be recognized for their historic Super Bowl championship.

Martellus Bennett #88 of the New England Patriots answers questions during Super Bowl LI media availability at the J.W. Marriott on February 1, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Martellus Bennett #88 of the New England Patriots answers questions during Super Bowl LI media availability. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Shortly after New England’s thrilling overtime win, Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett told reporters that he would not attend the ceremonial White House visit with President Trump.

On Monday, the Patriots defensive end and captain, Devin McCourty also said he plans to skip the team visit for the same reason.

“I’m not going to the White House,” McCourty told TIME via text message. “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.”

Patriots owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady each have a special relationship with Donald Trump. Both Bennett and McCourty said that they aren’t worried about what their boss, coach and teammate think about their decision because it’s their own personal choice to make.

Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots answers questions during Super Bowl LI media availability in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots answers questions during Super Bowl LI media availability in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Bennett and McCourty have made a stand for their beliefs through the platform of football before. At the start of the season, the two Patriots players joined San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest by raising their fists in solidarity.

“If you see something you feel is wrong in society, why not help out? Why not try to raise awareness? McCourty told TIME.

Bennett and McCourty will be the first professional athletes to forego their invitation to the White House under Trump’s administration.

Ford Springer

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