Trump supporters are furious at one of the NFL’s Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots African-American players for telling reporters that he will skip a visit to the Trump White House. Patriots starting tight end Martellus Bennett decided that his beliefs precluded him from meeting with the first President in modern history to be endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan.
Ironically, Trump himself didn’t have much faith in the Patriots, and the TV-junkie President left his Super Bowl party just before 9 pm with the Falcons leading 28-3. According to CNN, the Patriots player told assembled reporters after the game that he planned to do what Tom Brady did before him; to skip the White House visit.
“I am not going to go,” the New England Patriots tight end said. “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.” Bennett added that he is “not really worried” about potential backlash over skipping the White House visit from the team’s owner, Robert Kraft, and said that he and his teammates avoid talking politics in the locker room. “You just don’t bring that to work. We all have our beliefs. We accept people for who they are.“
Trump’s supporters left some insanely racist comments on Breitbart, which is certainly the kind of safe space for members of the lowercase kkk, like the Richard Spencer, who cheered on the Patriots because the neo-nazi leader celebrates Brady as an “Aryan avatar”:
All Lives Matter activists were completely silent when the Patriots star quarterback Brady skipped a visit to the Obama White House in 2015 and concocted for the media a bogus story about needing family time. As sane people on Twitter succinctly noted, there was no corresponding uproar from the likes of Trump supporters, white nationalists and KKK members back then.
Some Trump supporters resorted to good old fashioned name calling and Republican hypocrisy at its finest, by insulting Martellus Bennet’s race and following up by criticizing him for using entertainment as a platform to propagate a political message in America:
In 2015, Tom Brady decided that a visit to the Apple store to try on watches was his priority, not meeting the President of the United States, who in those olden days used to actually win the most votes.
Here’s ESPN’s entire report on Tom Brady skipping a visit to the White House to meet President Obama, for a trip to the mall, which he lied about and called “family time.” It’s this tweet:
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 24, 2015
CBS News speculated that Brady bristled at comments by former White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest – who after Sean Spicer’s comical performances may be the second most missed member of the outgoing administration behind the President himself.
According to the Boston Herald, it’s very possible that Brady’s still bitter about a Deflategate joke the White House made after a Brady press conference in January — and because of that joke, he decided not to attend the April festivities. After the 40-minute press conference in January, a press conference where Brady never sounded completely sure of himself, White House press secretary Josh Earnest released a statement insinuating that Brady wasn’t very good at lying.
“The one thing I can tell you is that for years it’s been clear that there is no risk that I was going to take Tom Brady’s job as quarterback of the New England Patriots,” Earnest said. “But I can tell you that as of today, it’s pretty clear that there’s no risk of him taking my job, either.”
If Brady decides to end his Hall of Fame football career, it’s a near certainty that the new Republican regime would hire the star athlete to take Sean Spicer’s job, because nobody could be more embarrassing than a Communications Director who tweets his own Twitter password, publicly, twice!
Doubtless, we will see Brady visit the White House later this year, to see his good friend Donald Trump. By then he might be the only friend that the Republican President has left.
Grant Stern is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition