There are a lot of perks to winning the Super Bowl. The players get the prestigious Super Bowl ring, they get endorsement deals, bragging rights… and a trip to the White House. Not many athletes can take a trip to the White House to be honored by the president, so it should be a big deal, but this winning athlete has a sickening plan in mind for it.
Martellus Bennett plays tight end for the New England Patriots and was a critical part in the team winning the big game, after being defeated by Falcons in the first half. By the third quarter, the Patriots clinched their fate and launched an amazing comeback in the fourth quarter. The game went into overtime, for the first time in Super Bowl history, and the Patriots ended up winning the game in the final minutes.
That means the team gets a trip to the White House, where they will get to meet President Donald Trump, but Bennett said that he is refusing to go, considering it to be a disgrace rather than an honor.
Will Patriots TE Martellus Bennett make trip to White House if team goes to honor Super Bowl win? “I’m not going to go.”
— Brandon George (@DMN_George) February 6, 2017
Trump congratulated the Patriots on their win last night, specifically calling out quarterback Tom Brady, owner Robert Kraft, and head coack Bill Belichick.
What an amazing comeback and win by the Patriots. Tom Brady, Bob Kraft and Coach B are total winners. Wow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017
Still, Bennett said on Sunday before the game that he wouldn’t go if they won, saying that he didn’t “support the guy that’s in the house”. And after the game, he reaffirmed his opinion on the trip. “I’m not going to go,” he said. “People know how I feel about it.”
Yet not long before the game, Bennett was preaching inclusiveness:
If he is so devoted to inclusivity, then why is he abandoning his team now, just because the person in the White House doesn’t share his political beliefs? Not very inclusive of him, is it?
Of course, Bennett isn’t required to go. It’s his choice. But this seems like the opportunity to put politics aside and represent his team before the country. Is sticking it to Donald Trump that important to him?