New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett to skip White House visit after Super Bowl LI victory


New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett was quick to reveal on Sunday whether he'd visit President Trump at the White House with his teammates to be honored for their stunning Super Bowl LI championship victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

According to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, Bennett will not be attending the White House honorary ceremony.

In build up to the big Houston game, the first year Patriots player commented to media last week that he "likely" wouldn't go to the White House if his team emerged as champions, noting that he does not support newly elected president Donald Trump.

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Ties between the 45th president and Patriots figureheads Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have been a prominent storyline for the five-time NFL champion squad -- and alt-right editor Richard Spencer took the connection a step further on Sunday night in deeming the team's victory a win for the "white race."

Bennett would not be the first Patriots player to skip face time with the president after a Super Bowl win. After Super Bowl XLIX, Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady opted out of the team's White House ceremony -- citing a family commitment.