Patriots’ Devin McCourty joins Teammate Martellus Bennett in White House Protest
By Brandon Simmons
New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett has already made headlines, announcing he was not attending the White House to be honored with his Super Bowl champion team, but now he has the support of a few of his teammates. According to Time Sports, Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty sent the publication a text message saying that he will be following suit and not attending as well. McCourty said that he does not feel the White House is a place where he feels he belongs.
“I’m no going to the White House,” he said. “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. I can’t imagine a way I go there.”
McCourty will be joining Bennett as in a move that has gotten the latter so much backlash for his stance; but this isn’t the first time that these two have gotten in on the activist front. During the season, as the national anthem protests progressed, both players were seen holding their fists up before a game, a gesture that was done as an alternative to the initial kneeling started by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
These guys are not the first athletes to win a title and miss a meeting with the president, especially for political reasons. President Trump has ran a campaign that has generated a lot of divisiveness and some of his current policies are frowned upon, particularly the recent travel ban that was placed on Muslims home and abroad. Nobody said too much of anything when Patriots quarterback Tom Brady missed meeting with then-President Barack Obama after the 2015 Super Bowl so they should just let these two guys make their own decision to not attend.
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