Dont’a Hightower, one of the New England Patriots who will not be visiting the White House.
A group of New England Patriots players will not be visiting the White House any time soon.
In a report from The New York Times, six team members from the Patriots will not be taking part in the traditional meeting that occurs at the White House following a team’s Super Bowl win.
Running back LeGarrette Blount; defensive end Chris Long; defensive tackle Alan Branch; linebacker Dont’a Hightower; tight end Martellus Bennett; and safety Devin McCourty have all stated that they will not be in attendance for the meet.
“Basic reason for me is I don’t feel accepted in the White House,” McCourty said in an interview with Time magazine. “With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices, I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won’t.”
Blount offered a similar sentiment during an interview on Fox Sports’ “The Rich Eisen Show.” “I just don’t feel welcome in that house,” Blount said. “I’m going to just leave it at that.”
Bennett was the first team member to announce that he wouldn’t be visiting the White House, which resulted in multiple Trump supporters voicing their displeasure with Bennett. However, supporters of Bennett have brought up the fact that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did not attend the team’s meet with Barack Obama back in 2015, including Nelly.
During an appearance on Fox Sports 1’s “Undisputed” with Skip Bayless, the rapper argued that Brady gave his teammates permission to skip when he did so two years ago.
“You didn’t make the vote when Tom Brady — when the head of your team decided that he wasn’t going to come…if he’s not going, he’s the captain,” Nelly said. “He’s the head. He already decided. He opened this box up. Tom Brady started this. He started it. Let’s just get it out of the bag, and I’m not faulting him because I love Tom Brady, but he started it.