New England Patriots player Martellus Bennett might’ve happily obliged to join his team in celebrating their huge Super Bowl victory on Sunday night, but the athlete is emphatic about his decision to forego the traditional White House visit in honor of the big win.
Following the game, the tight end, who has been very open about his disdain towards Trump, told reporters that “I’m not gonna go. It is what it is. People know how I feel about it. Just follow me on Twitter.”
The athlete went on to suggest he isn’t concerned about disappointing the team or the organization’s owners. “I’m not worried about it at all,” he said. “It’s still like my beliefs, I think they (the Patriots) believe whatever I want to do the believe in that.”
According to Bennett, the team agreed early on to keep political talk out of the locker room. “We all have our beliefs,” he said. “The thing is, we accept people for who they are. And that’s the biggest thing about what this country is really about. I don’t really care what you believe. It’s not going to separate me from accepting you for who you are.”
Over the past several months, the eight-year NFL veteran has used Twitter as a platform to speak his mind. “America was built on inclusiveness not exclusiveness,” one tweet read.
Another read: “Be the change you wish to see in the world. If you want a world full of hate be hateful. If you want a world full of love be loving.”