A second member of the Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots is refusing to travel to the White House for a congratulatory visit with the President.
Two-time Super Bowl champion and two-time Pro Bowl defensive back Devin McCourty has joined tight end Martellus Bennett in his rejection of President Trump and his racism. Unlike Bennett, however, McCourty was more than happy to talk about why he’s choosing not to legitimize Trump by posing for a team photo with him.
In a text message to TIME, McCourty explained that:
“I’m not going to the White House. Basic reason for me is I don’t feel accepted in 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. I can’t imagine a way I go there.””
Both Bennett and McCourty were active participants in 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s anthem-kneeling protest, choosing to raise their fists in a symbolic gesture during the playing of the anthem in a September game.
Conservatives threw a hissy fit yesterday when Bennett announced that he would not be attending the traditional post-championship White House visit, ignoring the fact that quarterback Tom Brady also skipped out on visiting President Obama for political reasons.
We can expect a similar reaction from Trump fans at the news that McCourty will also be showing the same disrespect to Trump. We applaud his decision to stand up for his beliefs and to refuse to normalize Trump by gracing him with the presence of real champions.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.