Patriots' McCourty to join Bennett in White House boycott

By Gabrielle McMillen 7 February 2017
Patriots' McCourty to join Bennett in White House boycott

Martellus Bennett is not the only New England Patriots player to announce a boycott of the ceremonial White House visit.

New England defensive back Devin McCourty also announced he will not be visiting United States president Donald Trump in Washington, after helping the Patriots to a dramatic 34-28 Super Bowl LI win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

"Basic reason for me is I don't feel accepted in the White House," McCourty told Time Magazine.

"With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won't."

According to McCourty, attending the White House ceremony is a personal choice.

"I can't imagine a way I go there," he said.

While McCourty and Bennett are not the first players to turn down a visit to the White House, their reasoning resonates for many in the USA.

After his presidential victory, Trump has become an even more controversial figure, especially in the wake of his recent executive order restricting travellers from seven predominantly Muslims nations from entering the USA.

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