Simply 5 days out from the Tremendous Bowl, the collection of New England Patriots who’ve declared their aim to skip the crew’s celebratory discuss with to the White Space has jumped to 6. Such a lot for the Patriots being Trump’s crew.
The first two avid gamers to mention they’d take a seat out the White Space reception did so in a while after the win. And each tight finish Martellus Bennett and protection Devin McCourty made it transparent that Trump was once the explanation why. Requested if he was once involved in regards to the reaction from Trump-supporting Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft, Bennett mentioned he wasn’t “apprehensive in any respect.”
The 4 avid gamers who’ve since joined Bennett and McCourty have given a variety of causes. Defensive finish Alan Department, who has 4 children at house, advised SiriusXM NFL Radio he prefers to “hang around with the circle of relatives and proceed celebrating till the following season begins.” Linebacker Dont’a Hightower, who additionally skipped the crew’s 2014 discuss with to the White Space however did attend whilst at Alabama, justified his determination by means of announcing, “Been there, finished that.”
Working again LeGarrette Blount pointed towards the president when he was once requested in regards to the shuttle despite the fact that. “I can now not be going to the White Space,” he advised the NFL Community’s Wealthy Eisen. “I don’t really feel welcome in that area. I’ll depart it at that.”
Then there’s Chris Lengthy, the one white Patriots participant to publicly announce his plans to skip the White Space. The defensive finish, who publicly spoke out in choose of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his national-anthem protest previous this yr, wrote on Twitter that he’s “skipping” the discuss with. His tweet got here in line with a Day-to-day Information column calling on him to enroll in…