Several Patriots players say they'll bow out of White House visit

Since then, linebacker Dont'a Hightower, running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive tackle Alan Branch, and defensive end Chris Long have joined the growing list of team members who have chosen not to attend, putting pressure on others to follow suit. "I'm not going to the White House", he told Time magazine. I don't feel welcome in that house.

"I honestly just want people to look at black kids and not say he's the next Michael Jordan all the damn time", Bennett explained on Twitter Wednesday.

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The other two players - Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty - are refusing to go explicitly because of Trump. After a 2011 Stanley Cup victory, goaltender Tim Thomas skipped out on the Boston Bruins' team visit of the White House under President Barack Obama, citing differences in beliefs between himself and the president.

A group of New England Patriots players will not be visiting the White House any time soon.

In part because of Trump's attachment to the team, many sports fans began to see them as a red state franchise, even though ironically they hail from a cerulean state where every county went to Hillary Clinton last November.

Dont'a Hightower: Hightower's reason for going was less overtly political, if political at all. "Everybody knows that. That's why I have this choice". Although he didn't elaborate further, it's believed Long's stance is political in nature, based upon previous public comments he has made. But Belichick, Brady, and Kraft broke their own rules this fall, and the football team and the President of the United States became intertwined over the past 18 months. He also noted that he did not join the Patriots to visit the White House when they won the Super Bowl in 2015. Devin McCourty McCourty said he didn't feel welcome by President Trump.

Brady said he could not go because of a "family commitment", however on the day his teammates visited Obama he was reportedly at New England's stadium in Foxboro.