In a post-game interview, New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett confirmed he won’t be joining his team during their visit to the White House as Super Bowl champions.
“I’m not going to go,” he flat-out told a reporter.
Some members of the Patriots, who defeated the Falcons on Sunday in a stunning 34-28 win, have close ties with President Donald Trump. This includes owner Robert Kraft and quarterback Tom Brady.
Discussing whether or not he was worried about upsetting Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Bennett said, “I’m not worried about it at all… Whatever I want to do, they believe in that.”
Bennett’s response when asked to elaborate on his decision was succinct: “It is what it is. People know how I feel about it. Just follow me on Twitter.”
Several of his tweets are reflective of his political viewpoints:
When asked prior to the Super Bowl by reporters about taking a trip to the White House, Bennett said, “I don’t know. I’ve got to win the Super Bowl first, but most likely no… I don’t support the guy that’s in the house.”