New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett has stated he will not partake in the Patriots’ honorary Super Bowl trip to the White House due to his dislike of President Donald Trump, according to a Feb. 5 report.
The U.S. president traditionally greets championship teams at the White House following their big wins.
According to the Dallas Morning News, the Patriots player said: “It is what it is. People know how I feel about it. Just follow me on Twitter.”
Bennett won his first Super Bowl on Feb. 5 when New England beat Atlanta 34 to 28 in overtime. The player had caught five passes for 62 yards and drew an important pass-interference call in the last minute of overtime to help win the game, Yahoo! Sports reports.
The star athlete said he wasn’t concerned about what team owner Robert Kraft thinks of his decision to skip the White House visit, the Daily Mail reports.
“I’m not really worried about that,” he said. “I’m not worried about it at all.”
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady missed out on greeting former President Barack Obama after his team’s Super Bowl win in 2015 due to a family commitment.
Bennett had previously mentioned he might not go to the White House if the Patriots won.
When he was asked by a reporter if he would greet Trump, Bennett stated: “I don’t know, I’ve got to win the Super Bowl. But most likely no, because I don’t support the guy that’s in the house.”
The tight end player affirmed he would not go to Washington, D.C., when speaking with Dallas Morning News reporter Brandon George after the big win.
“I’m not going to go,” Bennett said, who stated winning his first Super Bowl was like “eating cake for breakfast.”
The Patriots athlete said he and his teammates don’t discuss politics.
“You just don’t bring that to work. We all have our beliefs. We accept people for who they are,” he said.
Brady is Trump’s friend; the real estate mogul claimed the star quarterback congratulated him in a phone call for having been elected president.
Sources: Daily Mail, Dallas Morning News, Yahoo! Sports / Photo credit: Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports via Big Blue View