Patriots’ Duron Harmon Says He’ll Skip Team’s White House Visit
Feb 06 2019
Harmon said "it would be dope" to follow the lead of the Golden State Warriors and visit Barack Obama instead.
The White House traditionally extends invitations to major American sports teams that have won a championship.
According toThe Root, a Black football player who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that many players opted out of visiting the White House based on President's Donald Trump's "divisive politics" and "racism".
"Nah man, they don't want me at the White House", he told TMZ after the Super Bowl.
The Patriots did visit the White House after their Super Bowl win in 2017, however, the Philadelphia Eagles were not invited in 2018 after it appeared more than half the team would not go.
"I haven't thought about it, but I highly doubt it", said Devin McCourty, being diplomatic on Monday to reporters when asked if he planned to go.
'Hey, Obama, come holler at me, man. Last year, President Donald Trump abruptly disinvited 2018 Super Bowl champs the Philadelphia Eagles after almost all the players and coaches said they would boycott the visit over Trump's attacks on NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality. "We love you over here". But several players, including Tom Brady, McCourty and Harmon, did not attend. "They disagree with their president because he insists that they proudly stand for the national anthem, hand on heart, in honour of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country", he said in a statement.