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In an unbelievable comeback by the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI, many players have decided to not attend the White House trip. As of now, six players will not be joining the team on the trip.
Tight end Martellus Bennett was the first player to state that he will not go because of President Donald Trump and his political motives.
Safety Devin 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.”
Running back LeGarrette Blount appeared on “The Rich Eisen Show” and had similar words as McCourty, saying “I don’t feel welcome in that house. I’ll leave it at that.”
The three other players who will not attend the trip are linebacker Dont’a Hightower, defensive end Chris Long, and defensive tackle Alan Branch. Neither of them turned down the trip because of political issues. Branch stated he would like to spend time with his family, while Hightower has “been there, done that.”
For now, it’s unclear if any other players will decide to not go. If a large number of players will not attend the trip, it could be canceled.