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If the New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons at Super 51 on Sunday, don’t expect Martellus Bennett to visit the White House to celebrate.
Speaking to Super Bowl media on Monday, Bennett said he “likely” wouldn’t go to the White House because he doesn’t support President Donald Trump.
The idea of professional athletes not visiting the Trump White House after a championship has been floated before, but Bennett may be the first to openly acknowledge it.
Martellus Bennett on if he’d go to the White House if Patriots win the Super Bowl: Most likely not, because I don’t support the person in it
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) January 31, 2017
On Monday, Bennett also expressed a lack of support for Trump’s executive order barring immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.
It’s unclear how the Patriots would handle such a situation, especially since Tom Brady is close friends with Trump and Bill Belichick privately supported Trump.
If this feeling exists among professional athletes, Bennett may have opened the door for others to do the same.