This New England Patriots star is refusing to go to the White House to meet Donald Trump

This New England Patriots star is refusing to go to the White House to meet Donald Trump

The New England Patriots’ Martellus Bennett has confirmed he does not plan to attend his team’s forthcoming Super Bowl celebration at the White House with new President Donald Trump.

Which is a bit awks, given that the POTUS himself was showing support for his team and the game on Twitter (where else?):

The outspoken 29-year-old tight end helped the Pats to a 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, which earned the team the Super Bowl LI title.

It’s worth noting that Patriots owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady are all considered supporters of Trump.

Traditionally, the winning team attend a reception with the president in Washington DC to celebrate their achievement.

Bennett, who has been critical of Trump on social media, reiterated his stance that he would not be joining his New England colleagues at any ceremony.

“I am not going to go,” he said adding, “I can elaborate later on in life, right now I am just trying to enjoy this. People know how I feel about it, just follow me on Twitter.”

Back in November, Bennett endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, tweeting, “I’m with her.”

The day after the 2016 presidential election, he posted an open letter to his daughter Jett on his Instagram account, saying: “I’m just like any other father in the world, just concerned about the future of the children, just like any other parent. Before I’m a football player, I’m a dad, and I’m a husband. So, that’s like my most important job out of anything.”

Some of his fans are supporting the decision:

While there are others who are criticising Bennett’s move:

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