Patriots Players Snub White House Visit, Request Obama Meet Instead
Multiple New England Patriots players have turned down the invite to meet President Trump
Multiple players from Super Bowl winners, the New England Patriots, have declared they are turning down their invitation to visit the White House and meet President Trump.
After the Patriots win over the Los Angeles Rams, Duron Harmon, 28, told TMZ Sports after the game that he won't join his teammates for a trip to Washington, D.C., claiming "they don't want me in the White House."
The Patriots safety requested to instead meet former President Barack Obama, declaring "that would be dope."
Harmon, who just wrapped his sixth season with the Patriots, added, "Hey, Obama, man, come holler at me, man, we love you over here."
According to the Daily Wire, the McCourty brothers, too, are uninterested in a White House visit.
Devin McCourty, a defensive back, and his twin brother Jason McCourty, a cornerback, told the Associated Press on Monday that they won’t be making the trip to Washington.
"A day after the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams for their sixth NFL title, Devin McCourty said flatly that he would not join the team for a White House visit," reported AP.
Jason was a bit more diplomatic about the decline.
"I haven't thought about it, but I highly doubt it," he said.
However, the report added that "Devin playfully accused him of lying and Jason agreed there was virtually zero chance he would go."
According to Fox News, professional sports teams traditionally have been invited to the White House after winning championships to celebrate their victories.
Harmon appears to be the first Patriots player to decline an expected invite from the White House.
The Boston Red Sox last October contemplated whether to visit D.C. after their World Series win; manager Alex Cora, a native of Puerto Rico, said Trump's tweets about those who died after Hurricane Maria slammed into the U.S. territory were "disrespectful."
The Sox later said they'd visit the White House; no date was immediately scheduled.
Last June, Trump canceled the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles' visit to the White House after a handful of players said they would not attend.
The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House. Unfortunately, only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event. Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2018
The Patriots visited the White House after they won the Super Bowl in 2017, but star quarterback Tom Brady, a friend of Trump's, and other players skipped the visit.
Brady also missed a visit following the Patriots' Super Bowl win in 2015, when Obama was president.
Brady at the time said, "everybody has their own choice" on whether to attend, and said he hadn't been able to go in past years because of scheduling conflicts.