Tom Brady skipped the same celebratory ceremony when Obama was president.
President Trump may be a yuge T?o?m? ?B?r?a?d?y? Patriots fan, but not all of the Patriots are fans of his.
After defeating the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl, the team heads to the White House for the annual honorary ceremony—but without a couple of their star players.
Tight end Martellus Bennett, who put on his first Super Bowl ring after Sunday’s win, told reporters the following day that he won’t attend the presidential celebration. “It is what it is. People know how I feel about it. Just follow me on Twitter,” Bennett said.
Bennett supported Clinton for president during the campaign:
I'm with her.
He even took a jab at Kanye West after West told a crowd that he would have voted for Trump if he’d voted?—?which he didn’t. (Kanye walked back his support of Trump earlier this week.)
So Kanye didn't take the time to vote. And now he holding on to Trump's coattail like Peter Pettigrew to Lord Voldemort. Kanye Pettigrew
After Bennett’s announcement, Patriots safety Devin McCourty also said he’s not going to the White House to celebrate. “Basic reason for me is I don’t feel accepted in the White House,” he told Time in a text message. “With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices, I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won’t,” McCourty said.
The list has grown since McCourty and Bennett publicly announced their boycott. Running back LeGarrette Blount said he doesn’t feel “welcome in that house.” Others said they did not want to go without citing political reasons. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower told ESPN, “Been there done that.” Defensive tackle Alan Branch said he’s choosing to celebrate with his kids.
After the New York Post published an open letter urging Chris Long to join his teammates in not visiting the White House, the defensive end tweeted about his decision not to attend.
Oh Chuck. Planned on skipping, hadn't been asked. Don't need an open letter explaining my own words to me. Not *joining* anyone. My call. https://t.co/XWo9x2XT40
As others have pointed out, Tom Brady skipped the honorary ceremony in 2015 when Obama was president. The Patriots issued a statement saying Brady had “a family commitment,” but he was later photographed shopping at the Apple Store.