New England Patriots' Devin McCourty to skip White House visit with President Trump


Another New England Patriots player has announced he will not visit the White House with his teammates after the squad's historic Super Bowl LI win.

The Patriots came back in a stunning Super Bowl LI championship victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, marking one of the greatest games in sports history. In an exclusive interview with TIME, Patriots safety Devin McCourty revealed his plans to skip the team trip.

"I'm not going to the White House," McCourty wrote in a text message. "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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The seven-year Patriot joins teammate Martellus Bennett, who was quick to confirm previously noted plans on Sunday that he, too, will not be visiting the president in Washington.

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 and McCourty 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.

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