The New England Patriots’ Super Bowl win has been praised as one of the greatest comebacks in history.
The team is set to participate in different festivities, like a parade in Boston and trip to the White House.
Two players, however, have refused to attend the Super Bowl celebration at the White House: Devin McCourty and Marcellus Bennett.
According to TIME, McCourty said:
“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.” – Devin McCourty, TIME
Patriots team owner Robert Kraft, president Jonathan Kraft, quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick are proud supporters of the current U.S. president and friends with him.
McCourty and Bennett raised their fists during the national anthem and expressed that they’re not worried about backlash from the team for declining to attend the event.