Tony Gonzalez: “Silly” to skip White House trip

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Six Patriots players and counting have declared that they’ll be skipping the annual White House trip for Super Bowl champions. One future Hall of Famer who never had a chance to play for the right to visit the President believes that all players should go.

“If they don’t want to go, that’s their right,” former Chiefs and Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez told TMZ. “For me, I think that’s silly.”

“If you’ve got a problem, go there and meet him. Say something. That’s your opportunity to get your voice out there. To get heard. . . . Tell him what’s on your mind. Maybe he’ll listen. Probably not, but maybe he’ll listen.”

Still, for some players the strongest statement that can be made is to not go. If the players were to privately communicate a message to the President during the visit, it could easily get lost in the shuffle. By making it clear that they’re not going to the White House, the rest of the country hears their concerns loudly and clearly.

As Gonzalez noted, it’s each player’s right to decide whether to go. For at least six Patriots players, the decision already has been made.

46 responses to “Tony Gonzalez: “Silly” to skip White House trip

  1. OK Tony, you are brave to express your personal opinion, but watch out because the Hysterical Haters will now blindly attach you over nothings.

    Even the editorial tone snuck in the background comments of this article reveal a Hater’s attitude.

  2. It’s amazing how no 1 had anything to say when Tom Brady did it. I guess since he never got that opportunity everything is silly to him. Like he is going to talk to each person in the photo? Then what he said, he kept contradicting himself. Get your lips off your boss’ butt. You still have a commentating job.

  3. “By making it clear that they’re not going to the White House, the rest of the country hears their concerns loudly and clearly.”

    Do you think the rest of the country cares about B-level players LeGarrette Blount skipping the White House visit? Outside of the New England region, 90 percent of the country doesn’t know who the players are nor do they care. As popular as the NFL is, there are far more people who aren’t fans and don’t watch.

  4. Like tony said he probably wouldn’t listen. Part of it is also that when the players visit it is just publicity for the president, which usually doesn’t matter because most presidents don’t care what people say about them but whether you like him or not you can’t deny trump takes the media way too personally and hearing people say they don’t like him or don’t want to meet him just angers him more. I can already imagine his tweet calling out the players for missing his meeting. “Had a great day with the Patriots. They are winners just like America will be! Sorry some members didn’t make it SAD!”

  5. I don’t know why they have to announce it to everyone as if its some kind of moral superiority statement. If you don’t want to go just don’t go.

  6. At least he said “For me.” That makes it totally cool. In fact that is exactly how opinions are suppose to be phrased. Lets see how this works in a formal sentence….

    For me, Tony Gonzalez, it seems silly to not go to the White House.

    And on the flip side…..

    For me, Insert Name, it seems silly to go to the White House.

    See it works! Two Americans (albeit one is fictional) with two different opinions. And neither of them are wrong. Just two different view points of the same topic. And neither viewpoint is actual news. Opinions belong in the editorial section of news but not actual news on their own.

  7. cmoney20 says:
    Feb 13, 2017 1:39 PM
    I don’t know why they have to announce it to everyone as if its some kind of moral superiority statement. If you don’t want to go just don’t go.

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    I’m NOT coming to your house either. Understood you didnt invite me, but I’m still not coming. And now it says so on the internet.

  8. What are the players basing this choice on ?
    Their judgement is only as good as their information.
    NY Times yesterday saying that 600 people were rounded up this week for deportation .
    Sounds like a lot until you Google how many people were deported during the Obama administration ? 2.5 Million or when you do the math, 838 per day ! But the 600 is a crisis and an outrageous. How racist ! The players along with millions of others are being duped.

  9. People didn’t complain when Brady did it because he said he had a “family commitment”. Whether that was true is up for debate, however he didn’t release a statement as if he was morally superior to people who supported President Obama for the reason he wasn’t attending. Sorry

  10. .
    “…Maybe he’ll listen. Probably not, but maybe he’ll listen.”

    Yeah a dude that makes up his own fake news, fake scandals etc etc will def listen to facts and reason.
    I am still waiting on that Birth Cert investigation outcome, the rampant voter fraud proof and a ban on the country where the majority of terrorists have come from Saudi Arabia.
    but what do I know?

  11. “Still, for some players the strongest statement that can be made is to not go. If the players were to privately communicate a message to the President during the visit, it could easily get lost in the shuffle. By making it clear that they’re not going to the White House, the rest of the country hears their concerns loudly and clearly.”

    That’s a pretty cowardly way to look at it. How about this – go to the White House. Meet the President. Look him square in the eye and tell him in a constructive manner your concerns. The whole visit is being recorded anyway. If one of these players were courageous enough to do this, you can bet it would make the news everywhere and it would have much more impact than simply choosing not to go.

    Of course, for any of those players who didn’t bother to vote, their opinions shouldn’t be taken seriously anyway.

  12. I stand behind the 6 and hopefully more that are not going. I will be surprised if Trump does not cancel the entire thing to then turn it around on the Patriots. This is what Trump does. I really wish the Trump Thumpers would open their eyes and realize this guy is crazy stupid. His staff is crazy stupid. The Bowling Green Massacre! C’mon Kelly Anne. Saturday Night Live has this administration nailed.

  13. Craig Hodges told the the president what was on his mind after the Bulls won a title. He was blackballed out of the NBA after that. Gonzalez shold be careful. He may accidentally get deported.

  14. Let me explain this to Tony and others who don’t ‘get it’ in small, easy to understand words; Trump is a racist. He has promoted racism for years. He used racism to appeal to white supremacists during his campaign. He has promised to enact racist and bigoted policies and laws in office. He has brought ACTUAL, NO KIDDING NAZIS into the White House as members of his staff. And this doesn’t even get into his treasonous actions with Russia.

    He deserves no respect, and no show of respectability.

    And for all those who wonder; I’m 59 years old, I was a Republican for 25 years, and I worked on both Reagan Presidential campaigns.

  15. “If you’ve got a problem, go there and meet him. Say something. That’s your opportunity to get your voice out there. To get heard. . . . Tell him what’s on your mind. Maybe he’ll listen. Probably not, but maybe he’ll listen.”

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    Yea, because it’s better to use your invitation to meet the president for winning the Superbowl as a platform to personally express your own political opinion of him. Do that and maybe next time (if you have another opportunity) BB or Kraft might ban you from going instead.

  16. Punks… Overpaid spoiled athletes. And they are calling Trump a racist? They are skipping it because Trump is white and they are african american. If that isnt a form of racism what is?????

  17. I have my copy of the Patriots roster and am going to track which players do or don’t attend. Then after carefully scrutinizing which players didn’t go and why I will form my political opinions and adjust my moral compass.

  18. Why do people care so much about something that has absolutely nothing to do with their own lives?

    And why do so many people have such a problem with how other people choose to exercise their freedoms?

    Don’t you bozos know you are part of the problem?

  19. fordmandalay says:
    Feb 13, 2017 2:05 PM

    Let me explain this to Tony and others who don’t ‘get it’ in small, easy to understand words; Trump is a racist. He has promoted racism for years. He used racism to appeal to white supremacists during his campaign. He has promised to enact racist and bigoted policies and laws in office. He has brought ACTUAL, NO KIDDING NAZIS into the White House as members of his staff. And this doesn’t even get into his treasonous actions with Russia.

    He deserves no respect, and no show of respectability.

    And for all those who wonder; I’m 59 years old, I was a Republican for 25 years, and I worked on both Reagan Presidential campaigns.
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    Ronald Reagan the actor!!! That’s all you need to know about the presidency!!!! The WORLD IS A STAGE !

  20. finzfan49 says:
    Feb 13, 2017 2:21 PM
    Punks… Overpaid spoiled athletes. And they are calling Trump a racist? They are skipping it because Trump is white and they are african american. If that isnt a form of racism what is?????

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    Dumbest comment I have seen… the athletes are not skipping the White House visit because Trump is white, they are skipping the event because they do not agree with Trump. So by your metrics, Tom Brady is a racist too? Because he sure skipped the Pats last white house visit..

  21. Is Tony Gonzalez on drugs? Hasn’t he gotten the memo? Trump doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks. He could care less about the protests. I love how Trump meets with Leonardo Dicaprio about Global Warming and then pretty much proceeds to give him a middle finger by appointing someone to be the head of the EPA who is a Climate Change Denier. That’s Trump in a nutshell. He’ll meet with Al Gore and try to get the good press but behind the scenes, he’s a Mad Scientist, plotting to destroy the planet.

  22. Too many snowflakes and buttercups… yes HE IS YOUR PRESIDENT !!! Deal with it or move out of the country !!!

  23. Hey rufffluff
    Gonzalez cant get deported cuz hes a citizen you dolt…. the people being deported are criminals from OTHER countries who came to America illegially……. unlike most of our parents/grandparents/great………

  24. cmoney20 says:
    Feb 13, 2017 1:39 PM
    I don’t know why they have to announce it to everyone as if its some kind of moral superiority statement. If you don’t want to go just don’t go.

    xxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Announced?!?! Have you stopped to consider that they were asked? If you say none of your business the press jumps to conclusions and they can’t lie so their choice is what? How about you try critical thinking for a change opposed to jumping to the conclusion you want to be the truth. Its why we’re in this mess in the first place.

  25. I don’t know, the gals on The View think everybody should skip the visit. I mean, they are the ones with the pulse of the nation, so we have to respect their opinion.

  26. How much longer are you going to beat this horse before you realize it ain’t getting back up
    Can’t wait for you to weigh in on Nike’s new ( Fake ) ad campaign

  27. How much longer are you going to beat this horse
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    Yeah, with regards to this topic, Florio’s coming across more and more like a douche every day. Nobody has to publicly explain their private choices.

  28. Tony makes a valid point. An invitation to the White House for winning a Championship is an honor extended to few and should be viewed as just that regardless of who is occupying the Oval Office.

    If the players who are abstaining haven’t been openly politically active prior to this, then the statement they’re trying to make is just convenient grandstanding and means nothing. There are plenty of other more appropriate and valuable ways to make political statements. What they should do is show us that they’re bigger men than that and accept the honor in the spirit with which it is offered.

  29. Of course they won’t listen to Gonzalez. He’s showing too much class here.

    Brady had no business blowing off Obama. These characters REALLY have no business blowing off Trump, as they seem to have no problem collecting checks from Kraft.

    Used to athletes went to the White House because it was such an honor. Now they think they can pick-and-choose-protest, blow off Trump to make a statement but still take Kraft’s money and gush about what a great teammate Brady is.

  30. Thank you Tony Gonzalez! Now we can all sleep better at night since you have made your opinion known. When you win a super bowl and get to go the white house, you can chose to go. Oh wait, that will never happen. Going to the white house is not mandatory, it is a choice. Athletes have made it a tradition. Just like releasing your taxes when you run for president, it has been a tradition. So since your opinion is just that. I don’t think the players that are not going really care!

  31. silverhornet says:
    Feb 13, 2017 3:04 PM
    “Or maybe the players don’t know how to articulate their stance so they choose to stay home and sulk.”

    I agree that these player are unable to articulate exactly what they are opposed to. They just “know” they are opposed. So rather than going to the white house and making a fool of themselves they make dramatic announcements that they will not be going for political reasons.

    Yeah, what political reasons? And why should anyone in the world care what you players thing in the first place?

  32. Trump is a RACIST! Yes a racist! Trump has surrounded himself alt-white, klan and white supremacist in his White House! Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, and Steve Bannon represent a schizophrenic version of neo-fascism hidden behind the mask of populism. There is a commonality shared among these three men: in my opinion they all represent the vial vestiges of bigotry. To expect the Trump Administration’s governing style to be any different from the candidate’s campaign rhetoric, and that of his top followers – is nothing short of naive. It is not through mere serendipity that white supremacist organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan and the ‘Alt Right’ are celebrating the election of Donald Trump.

    These appointments send a direct message to closeted and opened white supremacist that they are symbolically and substantively represented at 16000 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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