No sooner had the New England Patriots won Super Bowl 51 that the news of tight end Martellus Bennett declining to visit the White House became a hot news topic.
Not that it was too much of a surprise. Bennett had previously stated that, if the Pats won the big game, he would not visit with the rest of his team in protest against the newly-minted administration, particularly the current standing Commander-in-chief.
In the time since the football franchise hoisted the Vince Lombardi Trophy as confetti rained down, some of Bennett’s teammates followed suit. There is now a total of six players not attending, including running back LeGarrette Blount, who declared: “I will not be going to the White House. I don’t feel welcome in that house. I’ll leave it at that.”
Other New England Patriots refusing to visit the White House include defensive tackle Alan Branch, safety Devin McCourty, defensive end Chris Long, and linebacker Dont’a Hightower. Then, hours before the team actually met with President Trump, Tom Brady announced that he would not visit either, citing personal matters.