Devin McCourty to skip White House trip as well

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Martellus Bennett won’t be the only Patriot skipping any future trip to the White House.

Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty told Time magazine that he’d also be skipping the trip, whenever it is.

I’m not going to the White House,” McCourty wrote in a text message from the team bus. “Basic reason for me is I don’t feel accepted in the White House. With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won’t.”

They won’t be the first players to skip such events because of political reasons, but the ties between President Donald Trump and the Patriots are overt, with his personal friendships with owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady on parade recently.

And while other players such as Matt Birk and Brady himself have skipped such trips in the past, it will be interesting to see the reaction considering the bond between the President and the Patriots.

Bennett and McCourty were among the players to raise their fists during the national anthem early last season, following protests sparked by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

“If you see something you feel is wrong in society, why not help out? Why not try to raise awareness?” McCourty said then.

They’re apparently extending that feeling to the offseason.

35 responses to “Devin McCourty to skip White House trip as well

  1. The practice of any championship sports team visiting the White House should be ended. Who benefits? Who pays? Doesn’t the POTUS have more pressing business than greeting professional athletes who play a game for a living? And if you are not a fan of that specific team…do you really care? Lets end it, and keep politics and sports a part. Can’t we just have fun once in a while without all the BS afterwards?

  2. That’s his right. And there are a lot of unique sandcastles out there who can’t stand it whenow *certain people* exercise their rights.

  3. Two guys with character issues. Stay home. You can tell a lot about a person by who their enemies are..

  4. Good, don’t go.

    When Tim Thomas did the same he was attacked, Dan Hampton as well.

    When some make a stand it’s admirable, when others take the same stand it’s disrespectful, what a joke.

    These guys support the people rioting in the streets, so it’s good they don’t go.

    Perhaps Trump can show off his nice flatware now..

  5. You live in a make believe world where everything is done for you. Trip to White House is not about Trump, it is the respect for the office. Grow some big boy pants and act like a man.

  6. But just how much honesty is invested in White House trip boycotts? Mark Chmura did not make the trip because of Bill Clinton…and that was just a few years before he stood trial for sharing a hot tub with under aged girls.

  7. I have no problem with Devin and Martellus taking this stance and staying home, my problem is with the media that will give them the pass that they didn’t give to Brady or Tim Thomas (Bruins Goalie) when they decided not to visit the Obama White House.

  8. Good for McCourty. Trump is an anti-American traitor who is in bed with Russia. He spent 2 years hating on and offending anyone and everyone who wasn’t a Christian white male in the top 1%. He called black people criminals. Why would any black person or more realistically, why would anyone who isn’t a Christian white male in the top 1% want to go anywhere near this nutjob of an illegitimate president?

  9. Trump has a KNOWN WELL DOCUMENTED RACIST as his key advisor… would you feel welcomed there if you were a person of color, minority, woman, non-Christian?? He’s on record being racist and sexist… just because he’s the president does not mean people need to show him respect. Our right to protest and have differeinh opinions are BUILT INTO THE CONSTITUTION PEOPLE!!!! Ughhhh…🤦🏻‍♀️

  10. because outside of Brady and Bellichek anyone cares who goes and who doesn’t?

    Your 15 seconds of fame are up on this topic, Devin. If you truly care you’ll do something positive for the community you THINK you belong to.

  11. OK, then if you’re going to skip the White House ceremony then you better also speak out about and nail these three huge Trump supporters involved with your team:

    1. Tom Brady
    2. Bill Belichick
    3. Robert Kraft

    Otherwise you’re just a hypocrite taking the easy road to protest.

  12. metitometin says:
    Feb 7, 2017 9:18 AM

    Good for McCourty. Trump is an anti-American traitor who is in bed with Russia. He spent 2 years hating on and offending anyone and everyone who wasn’t a Christian white male in the top 1%. He called black people criminals. Why would any black person or more realistically, why would anyone who isn’t a Christian white male in the top 1% want to go anywhere near this nutjob of an illegitimate president?

    You need to switch to Decaf.

    The two players can exercise their choice to go or stay home, has no effect on anything.

    I defended this country for 12 years so people have the ability to choose.

    I’m not a white Christian, certainly not in the top 1%, focus on the accomplishments of the president not a sound bite.

  13. These two players are racists.

    You know darned well if white players skipped going to the King’s Castle during the reign of King Pimple of a Man the first that the white player would be called a racist.

    Now black people can live in their own victimhood – you are racist, you two New England Cheaters.

    Up yours.

  14. Brady was a putz for blowing off Obama, but this is worse.

    So McCourty has a prob with Trump, but no prob collecting checks from a well-known buddy of Trump who’s been spotted more than once entering Trump Tower and has praised Trump publicly for his pro-business policy which he truly believes WILL make America great again.

    I guess McCourty thinks he’s being all Kaepernickian and stuff here, but sorry, then don’t take another dime from Kraft. In fact give back every dime you’ve ever collected from the man. That’s only the way you don’t get to be known as a total hypocrite. Same goes for your teammate who’ll be skipping out too.

  15. There are people in this thread legitimately saying if a white player did this with Obama he would be ostracized, and other people talking about the fact that Brady did the exact same thing.

    These boards are depressing.

  16. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Feb 7, 2017 5:29 PM
    Brady was a putz for blowing off Obama, but this is worse.
    ———————-
    Brady did so because Obama had already, very unprofessionally, publicly joined in the Deflategate BS and the denouncing of Brady’s accomplishments. So Brady, rather than respond, merely boycotted. And even those who did go had to suffer a very rude, trolling wisecrack from Obama about ball pressures. People say Trump lacks diplomacy, and he does, but people also forget that Obama could be pretty classless – Obama was also rude and threatening to the Brits over Brexit.

  17. Devin and Martellus are right on to protest. If they get flack from Kraft et al, that is proof of hypocrisy as Brady skipped. And is Brady so thin skinned he can’t take a joke and then evades the REAL REASON?

  18. MH, the practice of POTUS of doing meet and greets isn’t a unique time-waster in the Man’s day. Except in crisis mode, every day spent outside of their vacation homes or Camp David involves touching the flesh and posing for photographs. The Chief of Staff squeezes them in wherever he can, always with the understanding that it might not happen, even though someone flew 10,000 miles for the opportunity.

  19. metitometin: “Good for McCourty. Trump is an anti-American traitor who is in bed with Russia.” Not a single credible accusation has been aimed at Trump on that score by any reputable source. (There’s certainly been much idle speculation, but none of it even rises to the level of gossip.) Now, on a related note, what truly amazes me about this whole kerfuffle is the extent to which Progressives have suddenly “seen the light” about Russian perfidy. Mind you, those of them who weren’t stealing the secrets to the H-bomb–or covering up in the pages of Time magazine Lenin’s deliberate starvation by of 5-10 million Ukrainian peasant farmers–spent the previous 99 years averting their eyes to it. Talk about coming late to Jesus! Frankly, I find their recent mass conversion less than convincing.

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