Several members of the 2016-2017 NFL Champion New England Patriots will boycott their team's customary trip to the White House later this year.

DT Alan Branch, DE Chris Long, RB LeGarrette Blount, TE Martellus Bennett and LB Dont'a Hightower all decided to skip the opportunity to meet with President Trump.

Long, the son of sportscaster and former Oakland Raider Howie Long, said he wanted to be able to tell his children he made the right decision to take a stand against the visit.


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McCourty said he didn't believe in Trump's exclusionary rhetoric.

The two athletes along with several Patriots fans were featured in a video supporting those who decided to boycott the Washington trip.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Coach Bill Belichick are said to be friends of the president.

Trump himself praised QB Tom Brady throughout the season, and the MVP was seen with a "Make America Great Again" hat in his locker.


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