After the historical win by the New England Patriots at the Super Bowl teammates and players have been making public statements. Several team members have told reporters they will not be attending the White House. Which is a traditional thing to do for the winners of every Super Bowl.
The Independent Journal Review reported that tight end Marcellus Bennett, defensive tackle Alan Branch, linebacker Dont’a Hightower, defensive end Chris Long, running back LeGarrette Blount, and defensive back Devin McCourty have all announced their protest.
Long noted he was already planning on skipping. Notably distancing himself from his friends who weren’t attending as a sign of protest. But it was Blount, McCourty and Bennett who said they won’t be attending because of the new President. Which is not at all shocking considering how many celebrities and athletes comment on politics despite nobody caring what their opinion on the issue is.
They said they didn’t not feel welcome. It seems though that legendary quartback Tom Brady threw some shade at his teammates who are refusing to attend the function. Look at the Instagram post he made on social media,
Brady is a class act. He is the best of the best, nobody can deny that fact. So he did not explicitly come out and call out his teammates for refusing to show up. However, he seems to insinuate that sports is all about everyone coming together regardless of outside variables. Not about focusing on our differences but enjoying the common love of our love for the game.
The players should have accepted the invitation without politicizing this amazing event. If for nothing other than to make sure the peace that temporarily existed during the Super Bowl continues. It is so unfortunate his teammates could not take the strong example he has set.