Jackie Bradley Jr. is the latest Red Sox player to decline White House trip

When the Boston Red Sox visit the White House on May 9 to celebrate their 2018 World Series championship, they’ll be without another core player.

Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. told the Boston Globe on Wednesday that he’s decided he won’t join many of his Red Sox teammates when they head to the White House this spring. He opted not to talk about why he made that decision, telling the Globe, “I don’t get into politics. But I won’t be going.”

Bradley has visited the White House twice before, but not with the Red Sox. He played baseball with the University of South Carolina when he was in college, and visited the White House after the team won the College World Series in 2010 and 2011.

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BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 24: in Game Two of the 2018 World Series at Fenway Park on October 24, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Brock Holt #12 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates as he scores a thirteenth inning run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a sixth inning single off the wall against the Boston Red Sox in Game Three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers collides with Eduardo Nunez #36 of the Boston Red Sox while fielding a wild pitch during the thirteenth inning in Game Three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Eduardo Nunez #36 of the Boston Red Sox falls into the stands after catching a ball in foul territory for the second out of the thirteenth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes tags Boston Red Sox's Ian Kinsler at home while trying to score on a fly ball by Eduardo Nunez during the 10th inning in Game 3 of the World Series baseball game on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda looks up as Boston Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi scores on a three-run double by Steve Pearce during the ninth inning in Game 4 of the World Series baseball game on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. Center is Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner tries to make the throw on a single by Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. during the third inning in Game 3 of the World Series baseball game on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Fans cheer from the top of Dodger Stadium during Game 4 of the World Series baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 23: The dugout reacts as Eduardo Nunez #36 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates his three-run home run during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game One of the 2018 World Series at Fenway Park on October 23, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 23: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox steals second base during the first inning against Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgersin Game One of the 2018 World Series at Fenway Park on October 23, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Max Muncy scores ahead of the throw to Boston Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon on a sacrifice fly by Los Angeles Dodgers' Manny Machado during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the World Series baseball game Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Boston Red Sox's Eduardo Nunez reacts as he runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the World Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Boston Red Sox's Eduardo Nunez reacts after hitting a three-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the World Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Bradley’s not the only Red Sox player who has decided to skip the White House visit. Reigning American League MVP Mookie Betts told the Globe a few weeks ago that he wouldn’t be going, and third baseman Rafael Devers said in January that he also wouldn’t be attending. Several others are undecided, like Eduardo Nunez, Eduardo Rodriguez, Xander Bogaerts and manager Alex Cora. A number of others, including Chris Sale, Brock Holt and Mitch Moreland, have already said they will visit the White House with the team.

Like Bradley, Betts, and Devers, there are players from Boston’s most recent championship team, the New England Patriots, who have already said they’ll be staying home. Players Devin McCourty, Jason McCourty, and Duron Harmon told reporters after the Super Bowl that when (or if) the Patriots are invited to the White House, they won’t be going.

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