After the thriller that was Super Bowl 51, where the New England Patriots overcame a 25 point deficit to the Atlanta Falcons, numerous Patriot players have informed the team and media they will not be attending the White House visit. The owner, Robert Craft, gave an eye-opening statement that will remind everyone what makes America great.
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“Well, you know what’s interesting, this is our, I’m happy to say, fifth Super Bowl in the last 16 years,” Kraft said on the Today Show Monday. “And every time we’ve had the privilege of going to the White House, a dozen of our players don’t go. This is the first time it’s gotten any media attention,” said the 75-year-old owner.
He went on to remind every American that we are in fact in the land of the free to do and say what we please; it’s our right. “You know, some of the players have the privilege of going to college because they’re on national championship teams, others have family commitments,” he added. “But this is America. We’re all free to do whatever’s best for us. We’re just privileged to be in a position to be going.”
The quick reminder comes after some the Patriots star players are refusing to attend . Now sure, there may be scheduling conflicts, but three players, Devin McCourty, Martellus Bennett and LeGarrette Blount, in general, have cited the reason for not coming was, in fact, their political bias against Donald Trump.
Everyone would be in agreement that being invited to the White House is a prestigious honor that only a few ever receive in their lifetime, but that is the great thing about America, and what sets it apart from other countries. We celebrate our accomplishments.
But with that said, the three players who refuse to go because of the president are allowing a life-altering experience to escape their grasp. Bennet, who has been vocal in his dismay with the president, said in a recent interview, “You just don’t bring that to work. We all have our beliefs. We accept people for who they are.”
The other players in question all cited a similar reason as to why they refuse to visit the White House, “they don’t feel welcomed there.” Only an actual trip to the White House will prove whether they are right or wrong. So why not find out?