Chris Long plans to skip Patriots’ White House visit

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Add another name to the list of Patriots who do not want to visit Donald Trump’s White House: Chris Long.

Long, the veteran defensive end who just completed his first season with the Patriots, wrote on Twitter that he has been planning to skip the White House visit but hadn’t been asked about it before. Long was responding to Chuck Modiano of the New York Daily News, who wrote an open letter to Long urging him to skip the traditional White House visit. Long confirmed he’s planning to do what Modiano urged him to do, but he took issue with the tone of Modiano’s open letter.

“Oh Chuck. Planned on skipping, hadn’t been asked. Don’t need an open letter explaining my own words to me. Not *joining* anyone. My call,” Long wrote.

Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty and Dont’a Hightower are other Patriots who have indicated they will not visit the White House while Trump is president. Long is different, however, because he’s white and he comes from a wealthy background with a father who’s a Hall of Famer turned TV commentator. Modiano’s open letter describes white players’ silence about Trump as “pathetic,” and Long’s is the background of someone people might assume would be a Trump supporter.

But Long has often defied what people expect from a jock. This is no different.

82 responses to “Chris Long plans to skip Patriots’ White House visit

  1. Who cares? Do these athletes think they are going to accomplish anything by not going? Do they think the President will get his feelings hurt if they don’t go? get real you dumb jocks, you don’t get it…the honor is yours to meet the President, not his for meeting you. Pompous ass clowns!!!

  2. Hell Yes!

    That is what I’m talking about.

    If we can just have 1 player skip the event per each new massacre that the White House makes up and lies to us about….then add 1 player to go to the event for each of Trump’s bankruptcies….

    Set the table for 6, Melania!

  3. brettsdaddy11172010 says:
    Feb 9, 2017 10:49 AM
    Who cares? Do these athletes think they are going to accomplish anything by not going? Do they think the President will get his feelings hurt if they don’t go? get real you dumb jocks, you don’t get it…the honor is yours to meet the President, not his for meeting you. Pompous ass clowns!!!

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    Trump cares. He will go on a Twitter tirade about this.

  4. brettsdaddy11172010 says:
    Feb 9, 2017 10:49 AM
    Who cares? Do these athletes think they are going to accomplish anything by not going? Do they think the President will get his feelings hurt if they don’t go?
    _______________________________
    Actually, knowing who our president is, yes…I think his feelings would be hurt and he will DEFINITELY tweet about it.

  5. who cares. Other players have done this during Obama and Bush Administrations. Its’ their right to do so and in the run, no one gives a rats…. Just don’t make it seem like their stand is the only one that matters because it’s against Trump.

  6. Yes, they accomplish something by not going. Protest is the root of the American way, from the Boston Tea Party to the Civil Rights Movement to the end of the Vietnam War and beyond. Because we can, by our 1rst Amendment rights. People that DON’T protest the racist, misogynist, crazy POTUS are the ones that need to take stock.

  7. Thanks for the info. Thanks for taking an escape like sports and constantly making it political. And let us know, if you would, if anything happens in football, hopefully that doesn’t involve Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, the 9th circuit court of appeals and everyone else. Better yet, let us know when any of those people carry the ball for a first down or sign a free agent.

    Geesh with the political stuff. The guy won. LET. IT. GO.

  8. Good for you Chris. I hope more follow your lead.

    And Chuck Modiano – don’t you feel foolish? You should have asked the guy before writing your tirade.

  9. Glad to see some players make a stand against the corrupt, corporatist, racist, misogynist, and anti-environment government that gerrymandering elected regardless of race or class. Anyone who cares about the welfare of people and the environment will need to be politically active if the resistance movement has a chance. Love what Brady and Belichick have done for patriots football but hate that they support Trump and all that he represents.

  10. If reporters wrote letters for players to boycott a white house visit to see Obama then the media’s heads would of exploded. Poor fellas don’t like him. You know BO supported the same travel ban in 11. The hypocrisy is profound. You are the ultimate snowflakes. Stay home it shows the type of babies you really are.

  11. I see people from both sides making comments about the guys not going this year and Tom Brady not going a couple years ago. James Harrison refused to go with the team to the WH both when Bush and Obama were in office.. what does that make him? Probably still hated because these days that all we do right? Rip everyone and everything

    I hate that Trump is out POTUS but the moment he was elected i decided to keep my complaints at bay. In 4 years, ill have another chance to argue… inchoose to let my votes speak for me and chill afterwards

  12. And when Brady skipped his visit to the white house a couple of years ago that wasn’t an issue, right? I remember a lot of you on here cheering the move. Typical PFT user comments.

  13. I respect his freedom of choice. He is a grown man that has reached the mountain top at his profession so he’s doing just fine without any life advice from me.

    Just showing a different viewpoint. One that the majority of Americans use to have pre-internet.

  14. brettsdaddy11172010 says:
    Feb 9, 2017 10:49 AM
    Who cares? Do these athletes think they are going to accomplish anything by not going? Do they think the President will get his feelings hurt if they don’t go?
    ================================

    Have you paid attention at all to Trump???? He tweets about anyone criticizing him and insults federal judges, the handicapped, women, minorities, other heads of state, etc.

    Good for Long.

  15. The disrespect the left has for our president is sickening. The election decided and the people have spoke that they wanted him to be president.

    Hail to the Chief we have chosen for the nation,
    Hail to the Chief! We salute him, one and all.
    Hail to the Chief, as we pledge cooperation
    In proud fulfillment of a great, noble call.

    Yours is the aim to make this grand country grander,
    This you will do, that’s our strong, firm belief.
    Hail to the one we selected as commander,
    Hail to the President! Hail to the Chief!

  16. All this nonsense built on a false narrative from Obama and his Leninist friends that cops are targeting black people. Long doesn’t want to risk donations to his charity or a post season career at not so tolerant leftist mouthpiece ESPN, so he marches in long step with other money grabbing elitist.

  17. brettsdaddy11172010 says:
    Feb 9, 2017 10:49 AM

    Do they think the President will get his feelings hurt if they don’t go?
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    Seeing as how this president gets his feelings hurt by Saturday Night Live and feels obligated to tweet about it, I’d say yes.

  18. It wasn’t that long ago where the office was more important than the politics or even the person. We seem to have gotten to a place where we aren’t even willing to listen to each other anymore. That does not bode well for the future -for anyone.

  19. Long is just being consistent,he’s not showing up to the White House the way he didn’t show up in the Super Bowl.

  20. walldefender says:
    Feb 9, 2017 10:59 AM
    The left has been exposed as a bunch of petulant, cry baby hypocrites that have not accepted the result of the election. Grow up
    ——
    You need to be fair here. This is the 7th consecutive term that one side claims the President is illegitimate.

    The right Claimed Clinton was illegitimate (93-01)
    The left Claimed W was illegitimate. (01-09)
    The right claimed that Obama was not only illegitimate but not American. (09-16)
    The left is claiming that Trump is illegitimate. (17-current)

    This is why nobody likes GOP or the DNC. They can both go to hell. They keep the people divided. They stole all the news media and turned them into propaganda machines.

  21. tedmurph says:
    Feb 9, 2017 11:00 AM
    Yes, they accomplish something by not going. Protest is the root of the American way, from the Boston Tea Party to the Civil Rights Movement to the end of the Vietnam War and beyond. Because we can, by our 1rst Amendment rights. People that DON’T protest the racist, misogynist, crazy POTUS are the ones that need to take stock.

    Yeah, a ban on terrorist harboring countries and protesting an abusive murdering Monarchy, the institutional discrimination of racism and the draft which resulted 50000 dead soldiers, exactly the same thing.

    In each of the 3 cases you mention the protest took place AFTER the transgression. But thanks to today’s value system, we can foresee transgressions and dutifully pre-protest them. Give “Minority Report” a look if you would like a version of the pre-violation punishment system your racing towards.

    Here I was thinking deflategate was the most ridiculous example of overreacting on opinions of probable transgressions.

  22. It’s America, at least for now he’s able to make his own decisions. So we got that going for us.

    Can’t wait for the draft…

  23. Politico not exactly a conservative outfit had a poll out this morning that showed trumps travel ban is more popular then you think…..You guys keep pushing this narrative cause trust me trump supporters are watching (when they don’t have to work) you are in for a huuuuuge surprise in the 2018 midterms and the realization you are in for a long dark period of democrats out of power is just about to begin

  24. “Modiano’s open letter describes white players’ silence about Trump as “pathetic,””

    What’s pathetic is the state of both parties in this country. Both are utterly and totally corrupt. Both have one goal and one goal only, to steal as much public money as possible for their corporate owners and receive their bribes in the form of unlimited campaign contributions in return.

    Our politicians in both parties have spent the last 40 years passing laws to legalize corruption and influence peddling in exactly the ways the founding fathers wrote the constitution to prevent.

    The system is broken badly. The fact that the last election offered up the 2 most vile and disgusting candidates ever put forwards for the president in this country is clear evidence of how badly our corrupt politicians have broken it.

  25. steelerdeathstar says:
    Feb 9, 2017 11:27 AM
    Just when you think you’ve run out of reasons to root against the Patriots.
    =====================

    As a stealers fan you weren’t in danger of running out any time soon

  26. Greg Biffle
    Carl Edwards
    Kevin Harvick
    Tony Stewart
    Matt Birk
    Tom Brady
    Tom Lehman
    Tim Thomas
    Manny Ramirez
    James Harrison
    Larry Bird I
    Brock Osweiler
    Albert Pujols
    Tony LaRussa
    Michael Jordan

    A partial list of athletes that have skipped White House visits. It’s only a big deal now because Trump and his supporters are the most thin skinned, short-tempered, defensive and easily offended people in history.

  27. I don’t care if players go or don’t go. Long is a decent substitute player. If he agrees to another deal for short money, I’d love to see him back.

  28. Sounds like a sheep to me. If the status quo said to attend, he would go. It’s an honor to be invited to the White House and meet the POTUS, no matter who it is – always take the high road.

  29. Never passed judgement on anyone for going or not going in the past, not doing it now. I am noticing that it’s a much bigger deal to everyone who is willing to pass judgement now than it was in the past, which is an interesting’ dynamic.

  30. Funny how folks now are so adamant about the players visiting the White House now but didn’t feel this way for the previous administration. Bunch of hypocrites.

  31. A partial list of athletes that have skipped White House visits. It’s only a big deal now because Trump and his supporters are the most thin skinned, short-tempered, defensive and easily offended people in history.
    —–
    Really? Are they the ones protesting and being sore losers?

    Oh, yeah… that would be the left.

  32. When are these people ever going to learn that when they show the intolerance they accuse the other side of, they hurt, not help the cause. Actions like this cause mainstream America to look at these actions as closer to the violent anarchists and hate protesters, rather than reasonable agents for change. It causes further divide, which is moving the country to the right. Tim Thomas and Tom Brady looked like petulant children when they skipped the White House for political reasons. If these four men would actually identify the specific actions they oppose, not the made up rhetoric, then go to the White House to honor the office would be more productive. Trump would then have to face a person who did not sling mud at him, but someone who had called out specific truth about something he did. The discussions and the platform that would create would be much more effective in swaying middle America back than showing intolerance. So these four should do their homework, give specifics, not rhetoric, then their presence together, united, in front of Trump can spur constructive dialogue after the event. That, or they can just continue to stomp their feet, make themselves feel good , make others latch on to hate, which is the exact type of action they do not realize that is driving the country to the right.

  33. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    Feb 9, 2017 11:43 AM
    Greg Biffle
    Carl Edwards
    Kevin Harvick
    Tony Stewart
    Matt Birk
    Tom Brady
    Tom Lehman
    Tim Thomas
    Manny Ramirez
    James Harrison
    Larry Bird I
    Brock Osweiler
    Albert Pujols
    Tony LaRussa
    Michael Jordan

    A partial list of athletes that have skipped White House visits. It’s only a big deal now because Trump and his supporters are the most thin skinned, short-tempered, defensive and easily offended people in history.
    ———————————————————-
    Coming from the party that screamed racism every time Obama was opposed.

  34. brettsdaddy11172010 says:
    Who cares? Do these athletes think they are going to accomplish anything by not going? Do they think the President will get his feelings hurt if they don’t go? get real you dumb jocks, you don’t get it…the honor is yours to meet the President, not his for meeting you. Pompous ass clowns!!!

    ———
    A) yes, Trumplthinskin will notice and prove it by saying that they are overrated
    B) every person, no matter what their profession, the color of their skin, their religious beliefs, or their political stances has the right, their unalienable right, the voice their protest and make a statement–and this is a statement
    C) people will notice and some will celebrate their protest and others will deride their decision, which is their right.

    I stand with them and applaud.

  35. maust1013 says:
    Feb 9, 2017 11:55 AM
    Never passed judgement on anyone for going or not going in the past, not doing it now. I am noticing that it’s a much bigger deal to everyone who is willing to pass judgement now than it was in the past, which is an interesting’ dynamic.

    ——–

    wow….I couldn’t have said it any better.

    Thank you.

  36. It’s funny to me that people complain about the left and the right, which people defend as “they” or “we”, yet the same people are still at the top of the food chain, no matter who is running the country.

    “Financial Freedom is the only true Freedom”

    Get it together people…

  37. I find it disgusting that this post even mentions race. You can disagree with a man based on his policies or ideas and have no problem with their race. I also fail to understand what Trump has done to anyone of color or women for that matter. Maybe you enlightened geniuses can explain it to me with specific examples.

  38. Hightower didn’t visit the Obama White House after the last Patriots’ victory…has said he’s just not interested in going again (he visited after Alabama’s national championship).

    But hey, I guess that doesn’t fit your narrative…

  39. I’m sure everyone that’s crying about “respect the president” had nothing but respectful comments for the last president….including the sitting commander-in-chief.

  40. I also fail to understand what Trump has done to anyone of color or women for that matter. Maybe you enlightened geniuses can explain it to me with specific examples.

    WHAT???!!!?? If I do, it will get deleted. By the same editors that let some hater post that Super Bowl LI is the last one TBrady’s mother will ever see. But, the examples are easy to find. Even a cave man could do it.

  41. Long has been a loser his entire career and now when he gets to experience what it’s like to win, he tries to make it about himself. See you later Long, hope you enjoyed your one and done.

  42. Did Trump even invite the Patriots?

    House divided against itself shall not stand.
    Who cares about the illegals and terrorists don’t let them in……we have enough idiots in this country

  43. Could care less – White House visit is a dumb tradition anyway. Do we think players/coaches would really care whether or not they get a trip to the White House? Doubtful. I’d rather the White House spend their time focusing on solving real world issues and my football team spending time on resting and recharging or preparing for another Super Bowl run. Its unfortunate that this dumb tradition is serving as a medium to add fuel to an already divisive issue in the US.

  44. When a black player passes on visiting the Trump White House he’s called a racist. When a white player does the same thing he’s called a lefty libtard. The Trump supporters sure are pretty good at calling people names.

  45. The other candidate that ran against the donald won the popular vote by two and a half million. i realize “gerrymandering” is a big word for the mouth breathers that voted for asshat trump, so i guess i can understand their ignorance.

  46. Don’t worry folks. You only have to deal with it for another 4-8 years. Enjoy the job and retirement account growth in the meantime.

  47. somehow…bloggers feel good about themselves because a jock chooses to not visit the president…..something is absent in your life…you need help

  48. I’d love to talk politics with professional athletes. I’m dying to know Donta Hightower’s thoughts on NAFTA. You know he doesn’t have a clue on anything, but he is in good company.

  49. Trump, Obama, Clintons and Bushes are all buddies.. Wake up people, you’ll are so far behind. CHAOS is the game people!

  50. Belichick and Kraft always talk about the team so I wonder how the guy that signs the check and the guy that picks the team are going to feel about skipping out on a team function to make a selfish individual statement?

  51. Obviously this post is tainted by left leaning freaks…..there is no crying in football, go find your safe space…..

    Example of a flaming liberal mental midget:

    tfootball1234 says:
    Feb 9, 2017 2:47 PM
    The other candidate that ran against the donald won the popular vote by two and a half million. i realize “gerrymandering” is a big word for the mouth breathers that voted for asshat trump, so i guess i can understand their ignorance.

    Ignorance is not understanding The Electoral College voting system, which has been in place since – The Convention approved the Committee’s Electoral College proposal, with minor modifications, on September 6, 1787.

    Ignorance is thinking this nation is a Democracy where as 51% of the populous thinks they know whats right for the other 49%…When in FACT, this nation is a Republic form of governance..

    Ignorance is thinking some overpopulated inner city hell hole full of fraudulent voting scum dictates what rural Americans have for choices.

    ok……now turn off your network tv programming, and educate yourselves….

  52. brettsdaddy11172010 says:

    Feb 9, 2017 10:49 AM

    Who cares? Do these athletes think they are going to accomplish anything by not going? Do they think the President will get his feelings hurt if they don’t go? get real you dumb jocks, you don’t get it…the honor is yours to meet the President, not his for meeting you. Pompous ass clowns!!!
    ____________________________________
    What these athletes accomplish is NOT being in the presence of this piece of excrement called the President. Would you want to be in the presence of the worst human being on earth? That man hates minorities, hates women, has no respect for our military vets and is a national embarrassment! You should be ashamed that this piece of garbage rigged the process and got elected. Insult the trash that now sits in the Oval Office–not the fine young athletes who only want a better world!

  53. The UK PARLIAMENT BANNED ADOLF TWITLER. It’s more of a story to cover people who still support this train wreck of failure and embarrassment. He’s a pariah and already the worst POTUS in history. Nobody but his Alt Wrong Cult want to lick Cheeto dust off this idiot.

  54. It’s their perogative to go or not go. It doesn’t matter to me one way or the other. I’ve always felt that the White House gets too involved in so many of these events. The White House sending congratulations to the team that wins, is plenty good enough.

    And Obama who used to go out of his way to comment on who he was rooting for and who also attempted to make jokes about Deflategate…went way over the line.

    On the Patriots team, I think what we hope is learned here, is that there is room for different political opinions on the same team.

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