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Several Patriots Players To Opt Out Of White House Visit With President Trump

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The Patriots are Super Bowl Champions and with that comes some perks. One of them is being honored at the White House by the President of the United States.

It’s no secret that President Trump is a big supporter of owner Robert Kraft, Coach Belichick and Tom Brady. But apparently the feeling doesn’t appear to be mutual for several members of the team.

Martellus Bennett was the first Patriot player to state he wasn’t going. According to a LA Times story, after the game, Bennett indicated he’d made up his mind about the matter. “I’m not going to go,” he said. “It is what it is. People know how I feel about it. Just follow me on Twitter.”

Since then, several other Patriots players have joined Bennett in his decision not to partake in the White House festivities.

Defensive back Devin McCourty said in a text message on Monday: “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.”

Linebacker Dont’a Hightower said Wednesday that he would not go and defensive end Chris Long tweeted Thursday he is not going. Also defensive tackle Alan Branch said Thursday he is out. Running back James White is still undecided

And running back LaGarrett Blount told the Rich Eisen Show “I will not be going to the White House. I don’t feel welcome in that house. I’ll leave it at that.”

I am kind of undecided in how I feel about this. On one hand, it is a huge honor to be invited to the White House. On the other hand, if you are against the policies and the personality of the man in the oval office, I think you need to stand up for what you believe in.

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