At least two New England Patriots players are vowing not to go to the White House, as is customary, following their Super Bowl win. Both Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty plan to skip the festivities, because they don't like President Trump.
Martellus Bennett, the Patriots' tight end, has said in the past that he "[doesn't] support the guy in the [White House]," so it's no surprise that he won't go after the Super Bowl win. Right after the game on Sunday, Bennett told the Dallas Morning News, "It is what it is. People know how I feel about it."
The Patriot's defensive back, Devin McCourty, doesn't want to go either, telling Time on Monday (via text message),
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.
This isn't Martellus Bennett or Devin McCourty's first time at the political rodeo. Both of the men expressed solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49er who protested police brutality against black people by kneeling instead of standing during the National Anthem. In a match up between the 49ers and the Patriots, both Bennett and McCourty raised their fists to show support during the song.