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‘Right Away, I Knew I Wasn’t Going’: Patriots Players Speak About Skipping White House Visit

On Wednesday, the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots are scheduled to become the first sports team to visit President Donald Trump for a ceremony at the White House. But a number of the players do not plan to attend the festivities. And now, two of those players are speaking out about their reasons for skipping the honors.

In a new video posted on YouTube, defensive back Devin McCourty and defensive lineman Chris Long explained why they won’t be at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue this week.

“For me it was simple,” McCourty said. “I don’t believe in excluding other people.”

He added, “Right away, I knew I wasn’t going because it was something I thought about before we even won the game.”

“My son grows up and I believe the legacy of our president is going to be what it is, I don’t want him to say, ‘Hey Dad, why did you go when you knew the right thing was to not go?'” Long said.

In addition to McCourty and Long, four other Patriots have stated they will not attend the ceremony —Martellus Bennett, LeGarrette Blount, Alan Branch, and Dont’a Hightower.

But the team’s star quarterback will be on hand. After missing the event in 2015 when President Barack Obama was in office, Patriots signal caller Tom Brady does plan to attend this year’s festivities, according to Politico

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