Patriots Tight End Martellus Bennett Vows Not To Visit White House

Feb 5 2017 Houston TX USA New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett catches a pass against Atlanta Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal during the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit Matthew Emmons-USA T

I write this even though I detest numerous things President Donald Trump is trying to do as the country's leader.

Bennett said his teammates have engaged in political discussions, but that differing views did not threaten to undermine the Patriots team chemistry during their Super Bowl run.

After winning Sunday night's Super Bowl, the New England Patriots are headed to the White House. "I'm just not going to come", he said.

Reporters also asked Bennett if he was anxious about the blowback his refusal could cause, since teammate and game MVP Tom Brady, owner Bob Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick are reportedly all very friendly with president Donald Trump.

"I'm not really anxious about that, I'm not anxious about it at all", he said.

He won't be going to the White House to celebrate the Patriots' win.

Bennett had previously mentioned he might not go to the White House if the Patriots won. The day before the general election, Trump announced that Brady and Patriots coach Bill Belichick are supporting his campaign for president.

When pressed about why he would be giving the President the stiff-arm, Bennett says that his thoughts on the President can be found on his Twitter account. We all have our beliefs. We will continue to teach you How to love, accept others for who they are, think for yourself, help others in need, achieve what the world deem impossible... The start of a new league year is the next big thing for veteran players, with free agency on the docket for those with expired contracts and those that will be cut.

Bennett won his first Super Bowl playing in his hometown for a team with strong ties to the president.

Bennett has used social media in the past to show his support for Black Lives Matter, a movement about which Trump has been extremely critical.