Patriots have 34 players present for Trump White House visit

Rob Gronkowski and Sean Spicer

Several players, including tight end Martellus Bennet, safety Devin McCourty, linebacker Dont'a Hightower, running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive tackle Alan Branch, and defensive end Chris Long, all said they didn't feel comfortable visiting the White House because of Trump's polarizing policies, which is why they chose to skip the visit.

The players cited Trump's comments against women and exclusionary remarks as reasons for sitting out of the meeting.

"Need some help", Gronkowski asked to a chorus of laughter. The champion quarterback decided not to attend the ceremony, citing family matters for his absence. The number of players not attending because of the president, and vocally doing so, is unprecedented.

According to the Boston Globe, 34 players in total opted out of the visit, and the result is a sad looking picture, especially compared to the five-time champions' last trip to the White House in 2015.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick spoke after Trump, with each of them heaping praise on the president.

Kraft said he was delighted to be honored by Trump for a remarkable comeback victory that he said echoed the president's own longshot campaign "against 16 career politicians facing odds nearly as long as we faced in the fourth quarter". Trump frequently describes Brady as a friend.

As Trump warned North Korea, his 'armada' was headed towards Australia
Navy posted a photo of the aircraft carrier sailing Saturday in the Sunda Strait off the coast of Indonesia. Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters April 11 that the Carl Vinson was " on her way up there ".

"As a kid, you read about history, read about the White House, to actually go in and experience firsthand is something I hope everyone gets the opportunity to do", Mitchell said. At the time, some speculated that Brady was angry at the White House for razzing him over Deflategate. Wide receiver Danny Amendola also skipped the visit, thanking Trump "for the shout out" and saying he had a funeral to attend.

Tom Brady His statement came after word of former teammate Aaron Hernandez's suicide, but Brady did not mention him.

And Branch, who visited the White House in 2014 when President Barack Obama was in office, said he is going to "hang out with the family" instead.

Defensive back Devin McCourty said he wouldn't attend because he doesn't feel welcome at the White House.

Under Donald Trump's presidency, they are about to be the first championship team to make a visit at the White House. "With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won't".

Related News:

  • MPs clear way for general election on June 8

    MPs clear way for general election on June 8

    Elections are now set for 2020, just a year after the scheduled completion of Brexit talks. The Conservatives are expected to publish their manifesto in the week starting May 8.

    Dana White: Jon Jones' Return Fight Will Not Be A Main Event

    UFC 210 was full of controversy and head scratchers in different areas, and Twitter was all over every aspect of the night. The Olympian talked about his fight before stating how he hoped that this was not Johnson's last fight in the UFC .
    The latest from the Shanghai auto show

    The latest from the Shanghai auto show

    Buzz concepts, the Crozz carries minimal exterior adornment, with the exception of strong haunches above the wheel arches. It offers on-demand all-wheel drive, but the bigger rear motor gives it more of a rear-drive feel.
  • Russian police check suspicious object in St. Petersburg

    Russian police check suspicious object in St. Petersburg

    No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but Russian trains and planes have often been targeted by Islamist militants. The driver appeared in front of reporters on Tuesday looking exhausted but not visibly shaken by the events of the previous day.
    Stocks bounce as earnings in focus; dollar steadies on Mnuchin

    Stocks bounce as earnings in focus; dollar steadies on Mnuchin

    While Mnuchin says he still expects tax reform to happen sometime in 2017, there's no guarantee that's realistic either. Among the key sticking points is a "border adjusted" plan that would, in effect, tax imports while exempting exports.

    NBA fines Grizzlies' Fizdale $30000 for officiating rant

    That's more than the entire Memphis team, who were awarded 15 free throws (making 13 of them). You have to get your team going, and you do it whichever way is necessary, I guess.
  • Pence says US stands by ally Japan on North Korea problem

    In Japan, Pence's two main goals are to spur increased USA access to Japanese markets and strengthen Japanese foreign investment. But what is to prevent Xi from pocketing Trump's concessions and continuing on the strategic course China has long pursued? U.S.
    The Fate of the Furious

    The Fate of the Furious

    He reminds me a lot of The Winter Soldier as he appears in sporadic parts to make life hell for his former teammates. These films are successful because they know exactly what they're about: loud, raw, simple entertainment.

    North Korea will regularly test missiles

    In Tokyo , the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said: "Needless to say, diplomatic effort is important to maintain peace". This is all a reaction to a very weird week in relations between the United States and North Korea.
  • Pepsi Pulls Controversial Kendall Jenner Ad

    Pepsi Pulls Controversial Kendall Jenner Ad

    Detractors were quick to criticize the ad for appropriating protest and resistance culture in the name of shilling soda. Evans, 35, is a nurse and mom who was arrested in July 2016 for protesting against police brutality in Baton Rouge, LA.
    Nats' Jayson Werth leaves game with groin spasm

    Nats' Jayson Werth leaves game with groin spasm

    The last time the Nationals hit two grand slams in one game was July 27, 2009 at Milwaukee, when Josh Willingham hit both. Mookie Betts entered Wednesday in the midst of an incredible streak of consecutive plate appearances without a strikeout.
    Ichiro authors ideal  ending to potential final game in Seattle

    Ichiro authors ideal ending to potential final game in Seattle

    Haniger extended his hitting streak to 13 games with three hits as the Mariners closed out their only homestand of April 6-3. Again the Mariners answered when Cruz and Seager opened the bottom of the inning with successive doubles for a 4-3 lead.


Most liked

Samsung Galaxy S8 Facial Recognition Is Tricked By A Selfie
SAMSUNG'S effort to regain consumer confidence and trust in the safety of its products has hit a slight snag. The devices will be available for purchase starting April 21 at any of the US Microsoft Store locations.

Donald Trump's Presidency Slows His Business's Growth
Not to mention, the notion that Trump spends all of his golf time engaged in foreign diplomacy is highly questionable. That number had not changed by 2017, according to a Fox News report citing the US Attorney's Office.

Vargas pitches Royals to 2-0 win over Bumgarner, Giants
Salvador Perez added an RBI single in the eighth, just the third run surrendered by Giants relievers in the past nine games. If the Giants' rough 5-9 start wasn't enough to worry fans, the potential departure of a key contributor might just do it.

Turkey electoral board rejects request to annul referendum
Bulent Tezcan, CHP deputy leader, told CNN-Turk the YSK's decision to reject the petitions sparked a "serious legitimacy crisis". This would allow Erdogan to rejoin the governing AKP he co-founded, or to lead it.

Pence says US set on ensuring nuclear-free Korea
South Korean government officials said Pence's statement did not necessarily mean a complete overhaul of the agreement. Pence in a small group and hearing the vice president's speech to businesspeople at a Tokyo hotel on Wednesday.

Facebook Announces New Hi-Tech Features At Annual Developers Event
"For those of you watching us roll out cameras (read copying Snapchat) across all our platforms, that was act one". These places include everything from public spaces and parks, to restaurants, stores and other local businesses.

Jose Abreu: Abreu goes 3-for-4 with an RBI vs Yankees
Bench coach Joe McEwing, known for his boundless enthusiasm, went to the mound to remove Holland in an animated pitching change. Fortunately, he popped out to Austin Romine, rather than bumbling into a double or triple play. "They want that opportunity".

Venezuelans gear up for major march against Maduro
This week, opposition leaders called demonstrators to the streets on Wednesday in what they dubbed the "mother of all marches". PRESIDENT NICOLAS MADURO, Venezuela (through interpreter): The time for combat has arrived, my fellow patriots.

Rangers finally win playoff game at MSG, beat Habs to tie series
Jake Guentzel added a goal and an assist to help the defending Stanley Cup champions take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series . On Tuesday night, the Canadiens were looking to take a stranglehold in their first round series against the Rangers .

James Gunn to write, direct 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3'
Despite the cast being tight-lipped on the plot, it's thought to centre around government-controlled dinosaurs. Following the success of 2015's Jurassic World , fans have been anxiously awaiting its sequel.

IPad Air 2 Reportedly Being Offered as Fourth Generation iPad Replacement
This is a great little move from Apple, as it ensures that users get at least something in return rather than nothing at all. With stock of the iPad 4 on the decline, Apple is resorted to providing the more recent iPad Air 2 as replacements units.

Pence: US won't rest until N. Korea gives up nuclear weapons
Nevertheless, the US reportedly directed two additional aircraft carrier groups toward the Korean Peninsula this week. Pence is on a 10-day Asia trip that will also take him to Indonesia and Australia.

US VP Pence says to North Korea: 'The sword stands ready'
The White House faces mounting pressure to set conditions and limits for prospective intervention in North Korea. North Korea did test a missile on Sunday, but by US and South Korean accounts it failed "within seconds".

French candidates boost security ahead of tense vote
The big surprise here would be Le Pen's failure to make it to the run-off, confounding years of opinion polls. Now Fillon polls in third, or arguably fourth place, because of a nepotism scandal involving his wife.

Caitlyn Jenner wasn't 'comfortable' having sex with Kris Jenner
And the ladies are shocked that Cait didn't tell them first she was undergoing gender-confirmation surgery. Kris has been described as "ballistic", accusing Cait of selling out her family to sell her book.