You can cross off the New England Patriots’ Martellus Bennett from the guest list when his team visits the White House and President Donald Trump to celebrate its Super Bowl victory.
“I’m not going to go,” the tight end said in a postgame interview, following the Patriots’ historic win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The team overcame a 25-point deficit, the largest in Super Bowl history. It was also the first time the big game had run into overtime.
Asked why, Bennett responded, “It is what it is. People know how I feel about it. Just follow me on Twitter.”
Last month he’d tweeted:
Patriots owner Robert Kraft ― as well as quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick ― are friendly with Trump, but Bennett said he’s “not really worried about” Kraft’s reaction. Team members generally try to not bring their politics to work, he said.
Bennett declared at media day last Monday that he likely wouldn’t attend the traditional White House celebration if the Patriots won “because I don’t support the guy in the house.”