Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft will be among a reduced cast of New England Patriots glad-handing Donald Trump.
U.S. presidents traditionally invite championship teams to the White House. But a few of this year’s Super Bowl winners may not attend.
Tight end Martellus Bennett and safety Devin McCourty already announced their boycotts, claiming they wouldn’t feel comfortable around Trump. Running back James White, who scored the game-winning touchdown, is reportedly leaning toward missing the ceremony, too.
Star players have missed or skipped White House visits in the past. Chicago Bulls phenom Michael Jordan, Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird and even Brady, New England’s quarterback have been among the no-shows for various reasons.
Athletes are certainly free to make political statements. Indeed, it’s impossible these days to keep politics separate from sports.
And if the Cleveland Cavaliers win another NBA title, can anyone imagine LeBron James accepting Trump’s invitation?