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Super Bowl Champions New England Patriots prepare to visit White House as some players plan to boycott

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The New England Patriots are set to visit President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday -- but not all players will be in attendance.

The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl LI in early February, and since the stunning comeback victory, several players have announced plans to skip the White House visit.

Tight end Martellus Bennett hinted at plans to pass on the opportunity to meet President Trump before the big game even kicked off. Ten days after Trump took office and just five days before the Super Bowl, Bennett told members of the media that he would "most likely not" go to the White House. The first-year Patriot confirmed this notion following the Patriots win.

Patriots safety Devin McCourty also revealed plans to skip the Washington D.C. trip after the Super Bowl.

"I'm not going to the White House," McCourty wrote in a text message to TIME. "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."

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Defensive end Chris Long 

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Tight end Martellus Bennett

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Defensive tackle Alan Branch

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Running back LeGarrette Blount

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Safety Devin McCourty

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Linebacker Dont'a Hightower

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At least six 2017 Super Bowl champions have expressed their intentions to pass on the White House opportunity -- with some expressing their displeasure with some of the president's stances.

While players this season have been making headlines for opting out of the presidential visit -- it is not unprecedented. In 2015, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did not attend the team's White House visit with then-President Obama, citing a "family commitment" and contends "it never was a political thing" for him personally.

"It really is a great experience," Brady said during an interview with PFT Live. "Putting politics aside, it never was a political thing. At least, it never was to me. It meant you won a championship and you got to experience something cool with your team, with your teammates. Everyone has their own choice. It's an offseason. These days are valuable for everybody."

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For people calling Martellus Bennett disrespectful for not wanting to visit the White House... Where's Brady? https://t.co/5UVNzT9Lz9
Tom Brady didn't visit the white house when Obama was in office. Were you guys angry with him then? Calling him a crybaby? #MartellusBennett
Why y'all all of a sudden wanna come at martellus bennett for not going to see the president when Tom Brady lied ab… https://t.co/0iuht5zkFk
So it was cool when Tom Brady didn't go to the White House when Obama was in office, but y'all mad that Martellus Bennett doesn't wanna go.
What is the difference between what #martellusbennett is doing and what #tombrady did??... I'll wait #hypocrisy
People Are Mad Martellus Bennett Isn't Visiting Trump's White House, But Where Were They When Tom Brady Skipped Meeting Obama?
Gonna be really funny seeing the hate Martellus Bennett gets for not going to the White House and Tom Brady did same thing recently
@hrkbenowen no one cared when Tom Brady skipped his White House visit when Obama was in office.
If you're angry with Patriots players skipping out on visiting the White House, just remember Tom Brady did so two years ago.
@bb27mwr Tom Brady skipped the White House in 2015. Bench him too?
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The president's ties with Brady, as well as Patriots owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick, were a major talking point during the 2016 NFL season, as it paralleled the presidential election. Brady made headlines when a Make America Great Again hat was spotted in his locker, however, he has steered clear of political talk with reporters.

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