Another member of the New England Patriots has announced he will not visit the White House to celebrate his team’s Super Bowl victory because of Donald Trump.
Safety Devin McCourty told Time on Monday that he does not feel comfortable at the White House.
“I’m not going to the White House,” McCourty said. “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.”
“I can’t imagine a way I go there,” he added.
Along with McCourty, Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett has said that he will not visit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
“I don’t support the guy that’s in the House,” he said ahead of the Super Bowl.
Athletes skip White House visits with some regularity. Tom Brady opted not to visit with President Obama in 2015 after his fourth title, and Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas shirked a trip in 2012. Still, the Patriots are the first team to win a title during the Trump administration, and it will be interesting to see how many more athletes follow in Bennett and McCourty’s footsteps.
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