Another New England Patriot Says He Won’t Attend White House Ceremony

Ford Springer | Contributor

New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower is the third member of the Super Bowl-winning team that has announced he does not plan to attend their eventual trip to the White House.

Dont'a Hightower #54 of the New England Patriots holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett and corner back Devin McCourty announced earlier that they wouldn’t attend the ceremonial visit in recognition of their championship because Donald Trump is the president. Hightower has a different reason, and it has nothing to do with who’s running the Oval Office.

“Been there done that,” the star linebacker said on Sports Center on Wednesday. Hightower visited the White House two times as a member of two National Championship teams while playing for the University of Alabama.

Hightower was selected 25th overall by the New England Patriots in the 2012 NFL draft. Two years later, the New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. When the team was honored at the White House in 2014 by President Obama, Hightower didn’t attend.

The Patriots linebacker had one of the biggest plays of Sunday’s game with a strip-sack of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, causing a serious shift of momentum in the fourth quarter.

Dont'a Hightowever crushes Matt Ryan (Photo credit: Getty Images)

(Photo credit: Getty Images)

Another one of the Patriots’ Super Bowl stars, running back James White, has also said he doesn’t know if he’ll make the ceremonial trip to the nation’s capitol either.

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