Patriots Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty Refuse to Visit Donald Trump in the White House

Bryan Brandom
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Before the Super Bowl, outspoken New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett hinted that he probably wouldn't pay a visit to President Donald Trump in the White House if his team were to defeat the Atlanta Falcons.

And while it appeared Bennett wouldn't have to make that call for most of the big game, a furious comeback and overtime victory delivered them the Lombardi Trophy and the option of a trip to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—a trip that, after the biggest contest of his life, Bennett confirmed he won't make.

Bennett said he doesn't mind what owner Robert Kraft, who is friends with Trump, thinks. Most likely because the tight end is now officially a free agent.

At least one other Patriot will join Bennett in holding out: captain and defensive back Devin McCourty.

From Time magazine:

“I’m not going to the White House,” McCourty wrote in a text message to TIME from the team bus. “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 said he believed attending the event is a personal choice and “I can’t imagine a way I go there.”

When the Cleveland Cavaliers visited President Barack Obama to honor their 2016 NBA championship, Richard Jefferson predicted they'd be the last NBA team to visit the White House until after Trump's presidency, due to the president's history of racism.

In addition to twice being sued by the Department of Justice for his refusal to rent to African Americans, Trump recently accidentally placed a white supremacist on the national security council, among a gargantuan host of other offenses.

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