Dont’a Hightower won’t go to White House, “Been there, done that”

Getty Images

Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower is the latest member of the team to say that he won’t be part of a visit to the White House after winning Super Bowl LI.

Tight end Martellus Bennett and safety Devin McCourty will also be skipping any trip to D.C. while running back James White says that he’s still deciding what he’ll do. While McCourty and Bennett suggested that their decision to pass on a trip were motivated by the fact that President Trump would be the person greeting them, Hightower’s motivation appears to be different.

“Been there, done that,” Hightower said when asked his plans, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com.

Hightower isn’t even referring to the Patriots’ last trip to the Super Bowl because he missed that one as well. He took a trip with the University of Alabama after they won a national title with Hightower on the roster and that one trip is apparently enough for the linebacker.

31 responses to “Dont’a Hightower won’t go to White House, “Been there, done that”

  1. That sounds suspiciously like a way of saying “I don’t wanna meet Trump, but I also don’t want to make a big deal out of it” to me. But whatever, it’s his choice.

  2. biancaneri says:
    Feb 8, 2017 12:38 PM
    That sounds suspiciously like a way of saying “I don’t wanna meet Trump, but I also don’t want to make a big deal out of it” to me. But whatever, it’s his choice.
    =======================================
    If you read the article, he also didn’t go last time for Obama. It doesn’t sound like it has much to do with politics as much as been there, done that.

  3. biancaneri says:
    Feb 8, 2017 12:38 PM
    That sounds suspiciously like a way of saying “I don’t wanna meet Trump, but I also don’t want to make a big deal out of it” to me. But whatever, it’s his choice.

    He also said he didn’t go 2 years ago.

  4. Not a Trump fan, but players have been declining the trip since the tradition started. It’s their own choice.

  5. biancaneri says:
    Feb 8, 2017 12:38 PM
    That sounds suspiciously like a way of saying “I don’t wanna meet Trump, but I also don’t want to make a big deal out of it” to me. But whatever, it’s his choice.
    _____________________

    And the part where he skipped the ’15 trip, what does that sound suspiciously like? That he’d become disillusioned with the previous occupant somewhere between his college and pro championships? But whatever, it’s your choice what to be suspicious of.

  6. As a guy with more Bruschi jerseys than is probably healthy, I love how 54 continues to shine in the biggest games. See you next year, champ.

  7. I am generally against players trying to make a political statement with these trips to the White House. Go. Allow yourself to be celebrated for your accomplishment as a team. Move on. However, given that Trump spent years spewing the lie that Obama was not even a real American, I support any African American athlete who may want to make a statement by not going to pay respects to this most disrespectful of Presidents.

  8. I didn’t care when Tim Thomas of the Bruins skipped going to see Obama (and supposedly racist Boston ran him out of town), didn’t care when Brady went to the Apple store instead of going to see Obama, and don’t care if MartySaurusRex, McCourty and anyone else skip the Trump trip.

    I care how they play on Sundays and they all play great.

  9. Doesn’t matter, if Tom Brady was the only one who showed up, Trump would still say the whole team was there. And the orange people would believe.

    #altfacts

  10. It’s a privilege to go and meet the commander in chief not a right. I don’t care if you didn’t vote for him or not. The whiney lefties need to stop crying and get over it already. If your not happy with the president try harder next election.
    America!!!!!!!

  11. I couldn’t stand Obama but I would never turn down a chance for an honored opportunity like that.

    If you asked these morons why they won’t go, they will just spew some left wing babble and have no real opinions themselves.

    That’s why most of them wind up broke and Brain dead!

    Just my opinion

  12. We have never seen a person as unsuited for the highest office in the land as Dumpster. Given his derogatory defamations on a sitting President, his racism, his misogyny, his unending lies & delusions, and his religious fanaticism and anti civil rights of LGBTQ citizens, it a wonder anyone would wish to waste their time being seen with this neo-fascist wannabe dictator.

  13. stoptrippn says:

    Wow..people just don’t like trump
    ——————————————

    Wow, people are just brain dead. He didn’t go to the White House after their last SB either, and that was with a black man as president. So it OBVIOUSLY has NOTHING to do with who is in office.

  14. Punks… Show some damn respect. Another spoiled athlete. Congrats on the Pats winning the SB from a die hard Miami fan.

  15. The right and the lefts just keep the rest of us divided. Those two extremist (Left/Right) make sure we Americans will never stand as one ever again. You are doing exactly what those two parties want you to do. Which is to keep the population divided.

    United we STAND. Divided we FALL.

    Don’t answer. Just ask yourself from time to time during your life…….

    …am I helping my country stand or helping my country fall?

  16. Unfortunate that these things seem to break along racial lines. I recall there were a few white players in other sports who boycotted the trip to meet Obama.

  17. Cancel the trip to the White House already.

    Just have Pres. Trump show up, unannounced, for the first game of the 2017 season to congratulate the Patriots.

    End of Story

  18. I went after the 2014 SB win. “been there done that” about sums it up…. tho catching Darrelle Revis walking down 15th Street was cool. We chatted it up for about a block and a half. not one person recognized him.

  19. Trump has such contempt for black people, evidenced by the racist birther nonsense he brought up against Obama. That alone should have disqualified him for running for president. But you can’t teach stupid. Why would Hightower put up with someone who clearly is hostile towards black people? Good for him.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!