'I Don't Feel Welcome': 6 Patriots Players Say They Will Skip White House Visit
There are now six New England Patriots players who will not visit the White House in an apparent protest to President Donald Trump.
Tight end Martellus Bennett was the first to announce it following the team's thrilling Super Bowl victory over the Falcons.
Defensive back Devin McCourty followed him on Monday, saying that he too would be skipping the traditional visit.
"I'm not going to the White House. Basic reason for me is I don't feel accepted in the White House. With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won't," McCourty wrote in a text message to Time magazine.
Bennett and McCourty were vocal all season in their protests against what McCourty called "social injustices." They both raised their fists following the national anthem during a game on Sept. 11.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 12, 2016
They're now joined by defensive linemen Chris Long and Alan Branch, top running back LeGarrette Blount and linebacker Dont'a Hightower
"I will NOT be going to the White House. I don't feel welcome in that house. I'll leave it at that." -@LG_Blount
— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) February 9, 2017
Oh Chuck. Planned on skipping, hadn't been asked. Don't need an open letter explaining my own words to me. Not *joining* anyone. My call. https://t.co/XWo9x2XT40
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) February 9, 2017
— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) February 10, 2017