Defensive end Chris Long and running back LeGarette Blount of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots said Thursday they won’t visit the White House with the team, joining three other teammates in boycotting the celebration.
“I will not be going to the White House,” Blount said on the Rich Eisen show. “I don’t feel welcome in that house. I’ll leave it at that.”
Long responded to an open letter from the New York Daily News’ Chuck Modiano, which called for Long to show solidarity with teammates Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty and Dont’a Hightower by skipping the White House visit with President Donald Trump.
“Oh Chuck. Planned on skipping, hadn’t been asked. Don’t need an open letter explaining my own words to me. Not *joining* anyone. My call,” Long tweeted.
Oh Chuck. Planned on skipping, hadn't been asked. Don't need an open letter explaining my own words to me. Not *joining* anyone. My call. https://t.co/XWo9x2XT40
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) February 9, 2017
Three other Patriots players — linebacker Dont’a Hightower, defensive back Devin McCourty and tight end Martellus Bennett — announced their plans not to attend the traditional presidential celebration that follows a national championship.