Almost immediately after winning Super Bowl LI, Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, let it be known that he would not be attending the White House celebration that will honor the Super Bowl champions.
Following Bennett’s decision to skip the White House visit, defensive back Devin McCourty announced he would be skipping the tradition as well.
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,” he wrote in a text message to Time magazine on Monday. I can’t imagine a way I go there.
Both Bennett and McCourty have been vocal on the Black Lives Matter movement and supported 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, in his protest of the national anthem. Chris Long, defensive end for the Patriots, will join his teammates in skipping the visit.
Nelly stopped by FS1 “Undisputed” alongside Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe to share his thoughts on players choosing not to attend the traditional White House celebration after winning a championship.
Both Bennett and McCourty have faced backlash from Patriots and sports fan regarding their decision and Nelly made sure to point out the hypocrisy of the criticism.
Brady led the Pats to wins in Super Bowls XXXVI (2002), XXXVIII (2004), XXXIX (2005), XLIX (2015) and LI (2017). He attended the White House under former president George W. Bush, but declined an invitation to attend under former president Barack Obama in 2014.
Brady, Patriots’ owner Bob Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick have all publicly supported current President Donald Trump and will attending the White House to celebrate their 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.