Tom Brady did it — the Patriots’ quarterback skipped his team’s visit to the Obama White House after New England’s Super Bowl win in 2015.
Now, two years later, another member of the newly crowned Super Bowl champs says he will take a pass on attending a White House celebration of the 2017 miracle win should President Donald Trump follow tradition and invite the Patriots to the executive mansion.
New England tight end Martellus Bennett — despite the fact that Brady and team owner Robert Kraft are friends and supporters of the Republican president — has said he will not be part of any White House visit.
The Dallas Morning News reports that Bennett, a former Dallas Cowboy who has previously expressed his dislike for Trump, says he’s not concerned about any repercussions from the team owner for giving the president the cold shoulder.
“I’m not really worried about that,” Bennett said, according to the Dallas paper. “I’m not worried about it at all.”
Despite playing through a knee injury, Bennett hauled in five of six passes from Brady, racking up gains of 62 yards in the Patriots’ 34-28 Super Bowl LI overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
In the overtime period — the first ever in a Super Bowl — Bennett drew a key pass interference penalty that gave the Patriots the ball at the Falcons’ two-yard line and cleared the path to the improbable come-from-behind victory.
On Twitter, reaction to Bennett’s confirming that he will not go to the White House for the traditional team visit was mixed, with a number of commenters recalling how Brady snubbed the invitation from Obama.
For people calling Martellus Bennett disrespectful for not wanting to visit the White House…
Where’s Brady? pic.twitter.com/5UVNzT9Lz9
— Embiid-less ASG (@Jahnotthegawd) February 6, 2017
@SInow it’s his choice. Nobody made a stink when Brady didn’t go. To each his own
— Kevin Fuiell (@KevinFuiell) February 6, 2017
@SInow At least he’s truthful! He could’ve said he had “family commitments” but I guess that excuse is only reserved for GOATS….
— APlus (@FavorWins) February 6, 2017
But the social media reaction to Bennett’s saying he’d skip the D.C. celebration certainly wasn’t all supportive of the outspoken tight end.
— Larry Cranford (@CranfordLarry) February 6, 2017
— Roger Hammer (@RHammer44) February 6, 2017
Trump, who took to Twitter right after the Patriots’ miracle finish to laud the team’s “amazing comeback,” hasn’t indicated when the team’s celebratory visit to the White House might be scheduled.
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