Super Bowl-Winning Patriots Players Explain Why They’ll Boycott White House Visit With Trump [VIDEO]

Fox Sports reports:

Several members of the 2016-2017 NFL Champion New England Patriots will boycott their team’s customary trip to the White House later this year. DT Alan Branch, DE Chris Long, RB LeGarrette Blount, TE Martellus Bennett and LB Dont’a Hightower all decided to skip the opportunity to meet with President Trump.

Long, the son of sportscaster and former Oakland Raider Howie Long, said he wanted to be able to tell his children he made the right decision to take a stand against the visit. McCourty said he didn’t believe in Trump’s exclusionary rhetoric. The two athletes along with several Patriots fans were featured in a video supporting those who decided to boycott the Washington trip.

  • Paula

    Good for them! Stand tall, gentlemen!

  • bkmn

    Love their stances, hate the clothing.

    • Todd20036

      Yeah, I wish they were naked, as well

    • Adam

      what are you, queer, bro?

      • Robincho

        Gotta get up PRITT-ty early in the morning’ to fool YOU… 😉

      • Todd20036

        I’m not, but my boyfriend is

  • Ian

    If it’s any incentive to the rest of the team. I offer a free and definitely unprofessional rubdown, for each and every one.

    • Gerry Fisher

      You’re such a giver.

      • liondon#iamnotatraitor

        … I thought it was called”pitcher”?

    • Guest

      You’re a patriot too.

    • Lars Littlefield

      OK You give them free rubdowns. I’ll offer them multiple and free blow jobs.

      • Jeffrey

        I just assumed that was standard with all unprofessional massages.

        • Lars Littlefield

          A professional world-class life-rocking blow job has very little to do with a rubdown — whether or not one is a certified massage therapist.

    • Strepsi

      I knew this story would have a happy ending!

      • Todd20036

        I don’t always see, but when I do, I see what you did there.

    • BJORN RAGNVALDR

      I’m not going that night either. I think I’ll invite Chris and Howie to a Father and Son spit roast….

      • Skip Intro

        This all got real Tom of Finland really fast.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        I have no idea who they are, but I upvoted

    • SinfulJosh

      I’m not only a cheer leader.. i’m an athletic supporter. 🙂

  • billbear1961

    Good for them!

    Don’t normalize this lying, thieving MONSTER or his appalling regime!!

    • Phillip in L.A.

      You tell ’em, sweetie! (Beat.) I mean, YOU BIG GRUFF BEAR, you! ;~}

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    • FAEN

      Amen Mr 🐻

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    I recall after they won that American Neo-Nazis (aka Alt Right) were glorying not only in their win but their whiteness. This, despite the fact that a napkin with a D written on it with glitter pen would probably win a presidential election vote in Mass compared to any Republican, more less Trump.

  • Pat

    Good for them! The turnip in chief has a WH filled with white supremacists. Why hand him a photo op with the team like this is normal?

  • JT

    Trumpanzees are down voting the video on youtube. Fuck ’em up.

  • greenmanTN

    Damn. I am not a sports fan at ALL, but that video made me tear up. 😭

    Bravo to those not going to the White House.

    • TampaDink

      I’m relieved to know that it wasn’t just me that it got to….and I’m most likely even less of a sportsball fan than you are.

      • greenmanTN

        We could flip a coin. I’d suggest arm wrestling but our limp wrists (j/k!) might make that difficult.

        • TampaDink

          I’d have to let you do the coin toss, since I lack the coordination to do that with any degree of success.

    • Gerry Fisher

      I teared up, too. For very brief moments during political activism across these four decades, I get in touch with how a love of country underlies what it is that I’m doing. And it can feel overwhelming to me. I *hate* seeing my country wallowing in “this,” enabling “this,” participating in “this.” We as LGBT people have experience being in the minority and standing up to a bullying majority, speaking inconvenient truths to their stubborn and belligerent faces. We have experience staying focused and strong during dark times (things looked very bleak for marriage equality in 2004 and 2005). We have a contribution to give to our country right now. We *are* patriots.

      • greenmanTN

        ^^^^THIS

        It’s topsy-turvy right now that the people demanding answers are the real patriots, not those wearing stupid hats and spreading division, fear, and hate.

  • WitlessProtection

    He is gonna flip the fuck out on Twitter in 3..2..1…

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      “But Tom Brady likes me! See: he had one of my hats. He’s the best, the rest: all losers. Who don’t like my hats.”

  • Good. We need more of this.

  • Joe in PA

    Shallow alert: I bet Chris Long has a nice tight end. Mmm mmm mmm.

    • TampaDink

      Shallower alert: I just want pictures…videos would be even better.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        In HD, and stereo sound. Blue Ray optional; I’m not picky.

        • TampaDink

          When will they perfect smell-a-vision?

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Gurl, you know John Waters did that way back in the day…

          • TampaDink

            I’ve forgotten so many important things in life. I blame (and credit) the booze.

      • Todd20036

        I want the real thing.

        I’m going for the whole schmeer!

        • TampaDink

          I’d settle for his younger brother, Kyle…..or better yet, his dad, Howie.

    • William

      I checked my receipt, Chris Long is exactly what I ordered from the Husband Store.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        A lifetime of pre-frontal contusions plus a lifetime of (well-managed) professional athletical salaries, fees, endorsements, etc. = a malleable well-heeled stud-muffin

    • Skip Intro
      • Joe in PA

        LOL…yup. 🙂

  • Ninja0980

    Trump tweets attacking them in 3, 2, 1.

    • The_Wretched

      Attacking sports-ball players is soooo presidential.

      • Todd20036

        Calling Super Bowl champs “losers” would be hilarious

      • Derrick Johns

        lol But with all the world wide issues we have right now, this decision by some Patriots players will get the pot-bellied hog’s attention in the White House.

        Well, I don’t hate the New England Patriots as much as I used to . The owner, coach and quarterback can kiss the trashy president’s trashy azz but not all the Patriots do.

    • Man, remember how angry they were when a few players on the Cardinals refused to visit Obama after winning the 2011 World Series?

      Oh, wait. >.>

  • SoCalGal20

    This is how you do it! What a great video. And bravo to the players who are taking a stand.

  • easygoingmister

    That’s great.

    Also, I still wish Atlanta had won.

    • SoCalGal20

      That was a heartbreaker.

  • LovesIrony

    tackle me sweetie, tackle me

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

    And they did not need nudging to show their patriotism. Bravo.

  • bonncaruso

    awesome

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Impressive. Good for them.

  • Bill

    Of course, Trump should seek a law to force them to attend.

    It’s what any decent tyrannical dictator would do.

  • They Are All Illegitimate

    Unfortunately, many Democratic politicians (the Clintons, Nancy Pelosi, for example) did not show similar courage or judgement, and attended the illegitimate “inauguration” of Trump.

    I am uncertain as to whether they can be trusted to lead an appropriate resistance to what Trump is going to attempt to do in the United States over the next four years.

  • Sam_Handwich

    i bet Tom Brady’s balls are feeling a bit deflated right now

    • Joe in PA

      And I know nothing about football…but I see what you did there. 🙂

  • SoCalGal20

    Sen. Dean Heller of NV had a town hall in Reno today. If he thought the Reno crowd would be more friendly than Las Vegas he was mistaken.

    https://twitter.com/ericbradner/status/854030201570811904

    https://twitter.com/ericbradner/status/854044878333911040

    https://twitter.com/ericbradner/status/854051530160316416

  • edrex

    i guess this helps me feel a little better about their win.

  • another_steve

    Lol.

    Joe knows what kind of picture to post to his blog entries — to get the reader’s attention.

    😉

  • Blake J Butler
    • Sam_Handwich

      a fucking stupid idea to begin with. anyone surprised where’s he fleeing to?

      • Blake J Butler

        Ironically ? no.

      • -M-

        Russia’s where he’s been living.

    • William

      Did being unmasked at a Putin puppet destroy the movement?

  • JWC

    Good on ya Mates … Good on ya!!!!

  • SnowFlake

    Awww that was so sweet!!

  • BlueberriesForMe

    It’s unfortunate that Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and Bob Kraft all appear to be friends of /support Drumpf.

  • OK, because sometimes I’m incrediably shallow…Chris Long. Damn!

    • Treant

      Yeah, if that guy requires a “thank you,” I’ll be on my knees. Thanking him. Energetically and repeatedly.

      • William

        I’d like to tackle his defensive end.

        • Treant

          There’s a tight end joke in there somewhere, too.

          • William

            Yes it is.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Bartender, a round for these knucleheads on me, please! ;~}

    • leastyebejudged

      he so sexaye it hurtz

    • jefe5084

      Indeed, and his father, too.

    • Skip Intro
  • Dagoril

    Let me guess, George Soros is paying them too 😉

  • Skip Intro

    Only six socially conscious players are boycotting the visit and of them Chris Long is the lone white guy. I’d like to see more Patriots take a stand against Trump. Some fans are tired of equating the NFL with the GOP.

  • Phillip in L.A.

    Translation: ‘we’re big overpaid babies’

    • MassageBear

      So did that make Arrieta an overpaid baby for boycotting Obama’s White House invitation after the Cubs won the World Series?

      • Phillip in L.A.

        indeed

      • Phillip in L.A.

        hell yes (and I already replied once, in the affirmative, but disqus appears to have eaten that)

    • Grumpy Old Man
      • Phillip in L.A.

        Translation of your translation of my translation: “you know I do!”

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  • Good for them.