By now, many Patriots’ fans have heard about the number of New England Patriots that will not be attending the traditional trip to the White House for the Super Bowl champions. After beating the Atlanta Falcons, the New England Patriots are the first team to be visiting the White House under the presidency of Donald Trump.
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With the Super Bowl victory, the Patriots become the first team to be put under the microscope as to whether players should be a part of the tradition. Not normally a world where sports and politics should have any real connection, the White House visit does bring the two pieces together.
Curiously, of all the teams in the NFL, the New England Patriots are probably the closest to the controversial president. Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady all have a relationship with Donald Trump to an extent where questions were directed at them about their opinions of the current President of the United States at a time when they were trying to get ready for the Super Bowl.
Right now, the Patriots currently have six players who will not be attending the White House. Among the players are Martellus Bennett, LeGarrette Blount, Chris Long, Dont’a Hightower, Devin McCourty and Alan Branch.
Regardless of political views, one could argue that it would be nice to see the New England Patriots go to the White House as a team. The New England Patriots are the definition of a team in the ultimate team sport. Head coach Bill Belichick has the team check their egos at the door when they come to New England and put on the uniform. Does a team do everything together regardless of political beliefs?
Throughout the New England Patriots’ dynasty, players have opted out of going to the White House in the past so the entire idea that it is terribly important might be getting blown out of proportion as well. Yes, Donald Trump is a controversial president so people are going to have strong political views for or against him.
Whether the New England Patriots’ players choose to go to the White House or not is just that, a choice. For those who go, it is a tradition to meet the President of the United States. For those who choose not to go, that is fine too.