Dont'a Hightower to skip White House visit after Super Bowl LI win

New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower joined teammates Martellus Bennet and Devin McCourty on Wednesday in announcing he will not visit President Trump at the White House.

The Super Bowl 51 champion reveals his plans during an appearance on SportsCenter, saying he wouldn't go to the White House because he had already "been there, done that," according to ESPN.com's Mike Reiss.

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.

After the big game, tight end Martellus Bennett was quick to reveal on Sunday that he would not attend the White House, expressing little worry about what team ownership would think.

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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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In an exclusive interview with TIME, Patriots safety Devin McCourty also 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."

Before these three New England Patriots players announced they would skip a team visit to the White House, it was star quarterback Tom Brady who actually set the precedent.

The five-time Super Bowl champion backed out of the team's 2015 White House plans -- citing a "family commitment" -- and Twitter was quick to remind Bennett and McCourty critics of this fact.

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BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady raises a Lombardi Trophy during the rally in City Hall Plaza following the Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. Head coach Bill Belichick is behind him. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: New England Patriots fans celebrate during New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Fans watch the New England Patriots Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Members of the Boston Police celebrate during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Members of the New England Patriots react during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Fans watch the New England Patriots Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady prepares to throw back the ball he caught from someone in the crowd on Tremont Street during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. Jacoby Brissett, wearing a Brady jersey, stands next to him, with Jimmy Garoppolo at right. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: The Vince Lombardi trophy is held during the New England Patriots Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Martellus Bennett of the New England Patriots reacts during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: A fan raises a hand during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots drinks beer during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots drinks beer during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: Matt Santo shows off his tattoo during New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: New England Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich reacts to the crowd during the Patriots victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Michael J. Ivins/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft waves to the crowd during a Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Michael J. Ivins/Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: Signs in storefronts support the team as fans line the route along Boylston Street during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: From left: New England Patriots' Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacoby Brissett and Tom Brady celebrate during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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