Two New England Patriots Players Explain Why They Won’t Visit The White House

Ford Springer | Contributor

New England Patriots Devin McCourty and Chris Long elaborated on their decision not to join the team for their visit to the White House on Wednesday by making a video with their team’s fans who also oppose the president.

McCourty and Long are among the five New England Patriots players that will not attend the team’s ceremonial visit to the White House on Wednesday in recognition of their Super Bowl LI championship.

Shortly after the Patriots historic comeback victory against the Atlanta Falcons, McCourty and Long made it known they planned to decline the invitation to Washington, citing Trump as the reason. In a video made with New England fans, arguing against the team’s ties to Trump, the cornerback and defensive end further explained their decision.

“Right away I knew I wasn’t going because it was something I thought about before we even won the game,” McCourty explained. “For me it was simple. I don’t believe in excluding other people,” he said. “Let people be who they are.” (RELATED: Five New England Patriots Are Now Skipping Ceremonial Visit To The White House)

Long’s decision not to attend was also influenced by Trump, but for a different reason. The defensive end, who is now with the Philadelphia Eagles, doesn’t believe Trump sets a good example for young people and felt he should’t attend for that reason.

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)

(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

“My son grows up and I believe the legacy of our president is going to be what it is, I don’t want him to say ‘hey dad, why’d you go when you knew the right thing was to not go,'” Long explained.

He also stated that he believes “in respecting and supporting our troops” and “drinkable water,” although he didn’t make sense of why that impacted his decision to visit the White House.

(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The video, titled “Standing Pats (Be Patriots)” and created by the vice president of global creative strategy at Pearson Education, also included a handful of Patriots fans who offered their support of the two players’ decisions not to go.

The New England Patriots will be the first team to be welcomed by the White House under Trump’s administration. Tight end Martellus Bennett, running back LeGarrette Blount and linebacker Dont’a Hightower are also planning to skip out on the team’s visit on Wednesday.

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