Former Atlanta Falcons Star Says It’s ‘Silly’ For Players To Skip White House Visit

Ford Springer | Reporter

Former Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez thinks it’s a “silly” decision for New England Patriots players to boycott their visit to the White House because of Donald Trump.

Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons catches a two yard touchdown pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park on December 23, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won the game 34-24. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

As is tradition, the Patriots will be invited to the White House by President Trump to be recognized for their Super Bowl championship. Five members of the winning team have already said they don’t plan to accompany the team on the visit, and four of them cited Trump as the reason.

“If they don’t want to go, that’s their right,” Gonzalez said of the players’ decision to boycott ceremonial visit to the nation’s capitol. “For me, I think it’s silly.” (RELATED: Five New England Patriots Are Now Skipping Ceremonial Visit To The White House)

“If you’ve got a problem, go there and meet him,” Gonzalez explained. “Say something. That’s your opportunity to get your voice out there, to get it heard,” the former Falcon told TMZ.

Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons enters the field during pregame introductions prior to facing the Carolina Panthers at Georgia Dome on December 29, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

New England running back LeGarrette Blount, tight end Martellus Bennett, cornerback Devin McCourty and defensive end Chris Long have all decided to skip the White House visit because of Trump. Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower has also said he won’t attend, but simply said “been there done that,” having visited the White House twice already when he played for the University of Alabama.

“When people are like ‘I would never talk to him. I would never go,’ I think that’s silly,” Gonzalez said again. “How do you expect to move forward if you don’t go,” Gonzalez added. “Tell him what’s on your mind, maybe he’ll listen.”

Ford Springer



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