Third Patriots Player To Skip White House Visit

Posted: Feb 08, 2017 1:05 PM

Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower is the latest member of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots to announce that he will not be visiting the White House to be congratulated by President Donald Trump.

Unlike Hightower's teammates, he contends that skipping the visit is not meant to be a political statement. Rather, he's already met the president once, and doesn't feel like doing it again. (He also did not visit the White House when he won the Super Bowl in 2014 and skipped Tuesday's victory parade in Boston.) Hightower visited the White House when he won a national championship with Alabama.

Hightower's teammates Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty announced shortly after the win on Sunday that they would not be going to the White House. Both are opposed to Donald Trump.