Two more Patriots players are refusing to visit the White House to be congratulated by President Trump on their victory.
“I’m not going to the White House,” the Patriots’ Devin McCourty told Time in a text message Monday. “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.”
McCourty joined tight end Martellus Bennett, who confirmed on Sunday that he also would not make the White House trip, after first announcing his decision to skip it the week prior.
“It is what it is,” Bennett said after the Patriots’ victory, according to the Dallas Morning News. “People know how I feel about it.” Bennett has previously told reporters, “I don’t support the guy in the [White House].”
McCourty certainly has the right to protest and to refuse a visit to the White House. This is guaranteed to him by the constitution of our nation. However, it’s sad that a man that is in a position to use his platform for unity and leadership is instead using it to further divide our country. Additionally, this is what Bennett and McCourty will now be remembered for instead of their sportsmanship and talent. Such a shame.