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.