Devin McCourty will skip Patriots’ visit to White House for Super Bowl win
New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett is not the only player who will skip a visit to the White House in the traditional honoring of the Super Bowl champion.
Another would be Patriots safety Devin McCourty, who raised his fist in solidarity with Bennett before a game in September, joining players around the league making statements about social injustice in the United States.
In case you have been trapped under a couch, the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in Super Bowl LI after a record 25-point comeback in the second half.
McCourty told TIME Magazine that he would not be going to the White House:
“I can’t imagine a way I go there” he 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.”
Meanwhile, during the lead up to the Super Bowl and during the U.S. Presidential campaign, head coach Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have repeatedly taken questions about the extent of their loyalty to and friendships with President Trump.
What an amazing comeback and win by the Patriots. Tom Brady, Bob Kraft and Coach B are total winners. Wow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017
Heading to Boston to see another huge crowd! My friend Tom Brady is a great competitor and golf partner. https://t.co/lWpbffq5bp
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2015
After the Patriots defeated the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, Brady did not join the team for the visit to the White House when President Obama was in office, citing a family obligation.