Chris Long, LeGarrette Blount, Dont’a Hightower, Alan Branch, Devin McCourty and Martellus Bennett will not attend the White House visit like other champions.
Normally, after the Super Bowl, the winning team will be honored to visit the White House and be welcomed by the President of the United States. However, the six members of the New England Patriots, this year’s winning team, declined that invitation. In it, Devin McCourty and Martellus Bennett frankly said that they had an opposing view to Mr. Donald Trump.
Devin McCourty said he could not imagine the day he visited Donald Trump. In an interview after the match on February 5, Martellus Bennett said his visit to the White House was something he did not want. Based on his share on Twitter, we can understand why.
During the election day, Bennett expressed his support for Donald Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton. Apart from that, he also compared Trump with the villain in the story of Harry Portter is Lord Voldemort. After Trump took office, Bennett mocked him by writing that it was surprising that the President did not ban the celebration of Chinese New Year across the United States. Bennett also said he was not worried that Robert Kraft, the boss of New England Patriots, was a supporter of Donald Trump.
On Feb. 6, Bennett’s teammate Devin McCourty confirmed that he would not attend the trip because of his opposition to President Trump. Besides McCourty and Bennett, the other four Patriots members Chris Long, LeGarrette Blount, Dont’a Hightower and Alan Branch also rejected the trip for various reasons.
Alan Branch insists that his decision was not about politics like the views of Bennett or McCourty but because he was busy with housework. Another person, Dont’a Hightower, said that he had visited the White House before. In 2014 when the Patriots won the Super Bowl, Hightower did not go to the White House. When winning the US-style football tournament with the University of Alabama, Hightower once visited President Obama.
LeGarrette Blount stated on the radio that he was definitely not attending the trip to the White House because he did not feel comfortable. Two other Patriots members James White and Rob Ninkovich are also considering skipping this trip.
The Patriots have become a team with Trump since midfielder Tom Brady showed off a hat with the slogan “Make America Great Again”. Brady is a supporter of Trump and had openly expected Trump to win the election in 2015. However, not all members of this team share this view.