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34 Patriots players make trip to White House, 34 don’t

AP

The New England Patriots made the annual Super Bowl championship trip to the White House on Wednesday. A total of 68 players from the active roster, practice squad, and injured reserve list were invited.

Via CSN New England, 34 of the players went. Another 34 didn’t.

Not all players skipped for political reasons, but multiple Patriots made it clear that they opted not to attend due to issues with the administration. In the past, players have skipped the event for similar reasons, including for example former Ravens center Matt Birk, who chose not to go due to President Barack Obama’s support for Planned Parenthood.

Two years ago, 50 showed up for the White House visit following the team’s victory in Super Bowl XLIX.

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36 Responses to “34 Patriots players make trip to White House, 34 don’t”
  1. pauldeba says: Apr 19, 2017 4:34 PM

    Real men don’t do these ignorant, hysterical, hypocritical kinds of boycotts.

  2. citizenstrange says: Apr 19, 2017 4:34 PM

    Even Steven

  3. mattwalshvideo says: Apr 19, 2017 4:34 PM

    #maga

  4. f1restarter says: Apr 19, 2017 4:35 PM

    “All of you who went to the White House are racist!!!”
    – The Left

  5. weepingjebus says: Apr 19, 2017 4:36 PM

    Belichick and Kraft also gave very nice remarks. Currently ordering a Trump No. 45 jersey just to annoy the hipsters.

  6. saints737 says: Apr 19, 2017 4:47 PM

    Snowflakes didn’t go, who cares

  7. kane337 says: Apr 19, 2017 4:53 PM

    Many people also boycotted trips to the White House when Obama was President.

  8. matt2calvin says: Apr 19, 2017 4:53 PM

    Just as many skipped when Obama was the man, but you didn’t make a big deal of that…

    Bias much?

  9. purpleguy says: Apr 19, 2017 4:53 PM

    Players should respect the office of the President, whether or not they respect the placeholder — and this is from a guy that doesn’t respect the current placeholder.

  10. mysportsrumors says: Apr 19, 2017 4:55 PM

    pauldeba says:
    Apr 19, 2017 4:34 PM
    Real men don’t do these ignorant, hysterical, hypocritical kinds of boycotts.

    =====

    That’s pretty funny especially when you consider how many athletes have skipped the White House visit, not like its a requirement in their contract if they win it all.

    Players have skipped this event all the way back to the ’72 dolphins. Bird, Jordan, LaRussa, Epstein and countless others have too.

  11. getyourownname says: Apr 19, 2017 4:56 PM

    Only a matter of time before Trump claims credit for having given advice that won the Super Bowl.

  12. Dug says: Apr 19, 2017 4:59 PM

    The fact is both sides criticize the other for standing on their principles. Ironic, no?

    Just as the attendees, the players who stayed away have every right to express themselves and their dissatisfaction with the current occupant of the White House.

    Tom Brady didn’t go. Anyone buying his “family obligations” excuse? The fact is that being associated with someone so divisive is bad for the Brady brand and that’s the determination he came to, without any doubt.

    I don’t blame him.

    Turns out he is just another Snowflake.

    Wellcome to the club, Tom.

  13. Dug says: Apr 19, 2017 5:00 PM

    pauldeba says:
    Apr 19, 2017 4:34 PM
    Real men don’t do these ignorant, hysterical, hypocritical kinds of boycotts.
    ______________________

    Real stand on principle. Real men speak up. Real men don’t bend to pressure when they are right.

  14. champs794 says: Apr 19, 2017 5:01 PM

    But hey, 50% is more people than he usually gets.

  15. ceejayb says: Apr 19, 2017 5:01 PM

    You know Trump is going to wear that jersey and talk to himself while looking in the mirror tonight. “You know. I could have been as good as Tom, if not better had I chose the NFL. I would have been the best and most bigly player to ever play in the league in history. My wife Melania is hotter than his wife Gisele, my daughter is way hotter than his too.”

  16. haydenpryor says: Apr 19, 2017 5:02 PM

    ABout the same 50/50 split as the popular vote as well, pretty interesting

  17. TheWizard says: Apr 19, 2017 5:02 PM

    Their “issues” with the administration are usually leftist propaganda.

    Enforcing the law isn’t racist. Mature human beings don’t need to have this explained to them.

  18. manderson4150 says: Apr 19, 2017 5:09 PM

    What would the reaction be if a group of white players failed to visit a black president….. just saying…….

  19. maust1013 says: Apr 19, 2017 5:09 PM

    Only 25 members of the ’04 team went to the White House, don’t recall seeing an article on each one of the players that didn’t and their reasons. Maybe PFT could post the links to them for us?

  20. pauldeba says: Apr 19, 2017 5:11 PM

    Dug says:
    Apr 19, 2017 5:00 PM

    Real stand on principle. Real men speak up. Real men don’t bend to pressure when they are right.
    ————————————————–

    What principal? That they don;t like Democracy? That they are intolerant? That protecting the American people from terrorists is “racist”? That enforcing instead of ignoring immigration law is “racist”? That offhand banter is “sexual harassment” while a former President’s repulsive behavior is simply ignored?

    There is ZERO credible reason to avoid Trump unless you are a hypocrite.

  21. highsodium says: Apr 19, 2017 5:16 PM

    You might want to check your facts Florio, Spicer just announced it was the most attended SB winner Whitehouse visit EVER

  22. senatorblutarsky says: Apr 19, 2017 5:17 PM

    The orange imposter will have that jersey for sale on eBay by tomorrow. Anything for a buck. That’s why he took the job in the first place and assigned so many key positions to his family members.

  23. dcpatfan says: Apr 19, 2017 5:25 PM

    34 no shows?
    That’s a start. I’m so proud to be a Patriot

  24. pkrlvr says: Apr 19, 2017 5:29 PM

    There is ZERO credible reason to avoid Trump unless you are a hypocrite.
    ——–
    The thumbs disagree….As do I. Don’t vote anymore please.

  25. mnfaninil says: Apr 19, 2017 5:43 PM

    Please keep politics out of this website. I’ve had enough of that garbage the past year. I believe we are all still Americans.

    Who cares who went, it wan’t my team, but if it was I wouldn’t care either.

  26. omeimontis says: Apr 19, 2017 5:43 PM

    Trump will claim that more players attended this year than in any of Obama years. LOL

  27. orangeraider says: Apr 19, 2017 5:49 PM

    How many Blacks skipped the trip.
    A lot more then 50%
    Talk about being racist

  28. roninscribe says: Apr 19, 2017 6:00 PM

    There is ZERO credible reason to avoid Trump unless you are a hypocrite.

    ——————–
    Or unless you just think he’s a jerk. Which he is.

  29. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 19, 2017 6:05 PM

    “Players should respect the office of the President, whether or not they respect the placeholder”

    What about when the placeholder himself doesn’t respect the office as anything other than a way to enrich himself and his cronies at the expense of the rest of the country?

  30. buckybadger says: Apr 19, 2017 6:10 PM

    Trump will just lie and say it was the most attended ever just like he does with everything else.

  31. rainsarge says: Apr 19, 2017 6:36 PM

    50% that’s a higher percentage than people voted for him

  32. abninf says: Apr 19, 2017 6:53 PM

    getyourownname says:

    Only a matter of time before Trump claims credit for having given advice that won the Super Bowl.
    ====================================

    And Hillary blames Putin…..

  33. ricksaints says: Apr 19, 2017 7:15 PM

    I applaud the players who went and don’t agree with this administration.

  34. stellarperformance says: Apr 19, 2017 8:20 PM

    Comrade Trump.

  35. seahawkboymike says: Apr 19, 2017 9:10 PM

    Actually it was reported by NFL Network that only 36 players showed up in 2015, not 50.

  36. hexy27 says: Apr 19, 2017 10:32 PM

    All of you clowns are missing the point. Lying about how many Broncos went last year won’t change the fact that Trump is vile filth who ran on a platform of hatred.

    The snowflakes are the children who can’t admit that Trump needs to own his words and behavior.

    By the way, no one ever reported the number before because this country never had a complete joke as President before.

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