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.

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

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

  2. 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.

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

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    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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. pauldeba says:
    Apr 19, 2017 4:34 PM
    Real men don’t do these ignorant, hysterical, hypocritical kinds of boycotts.
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    Real stand on principle. Real men speak up. Real men don’t bend to pressure when they are right.

  7. 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.”

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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?

  11. 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.
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    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.

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

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

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

  16. “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?

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

  18. getyourownname says:

    Only a matter of time before Trump claims credit for having given advice that won the Super Bowl.
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    And Hillary blames Putin…..

  19. 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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