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Dont'a Hightower joins Patriots' Bennett, McCourty in skipping White House

09 February 2017, 12:37 | Marcia Diaz

New England Patriots' Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty Won't Visit Donald Trump After Super Bowl LI Victory

Patriots Dont'a Hightower Not Going To White House: 'Been There, Done That'

"I'm not going to 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", McCourty wrote in a text message to Time magazine.

McCourty added that attending the ceremony is a personal choice and said he "can't imagine a way" that he would decide to go.

McCourty's decision comes after Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, a Trump critic, told reporters Sunday night that he will be skipping the White House visit. "I'm not going to go", he told the Dallas Morning News "It is what it is".

"I'll collaborate later on in life but like right now [I'm] just trying to enjoy this right now".

The Patriots offered Hightower a contract extension worth more than $10 million per year before the season, and the Pro Bowl linebacker turned it down, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday. "I would not go as a player, myself, personally".

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The list of New England Patriots players who are going to pass on visiting the White House to be honored for their Super Bowl victory continues to grow.

"I'd like to think".

"We absolutely, unequivocally know how Tom Brady feels about President Trump, because he was one of the first athletes to have a hat positioned in his locker room just so the camera could catch it and see 'Make America Great Again, '" Sharpe said.

All three have referred to President Trump as a "friend".

Patriots owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and Brady are known to be friendly with Trump.

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