On Tuesday, the Super Bowl 51 champions began celebrations of their stunning comeback win with a victory parade setting off from the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts, the state in which the team plays its home games.
Patriots tight end Martellus Bennet and defensive back Devin McCourty have chose to boycott the White House visit, citing their opposition to President Donald Trump.
"I'm not going to the White House", McCourty told Time. "I'm not going to go", he told the Dallas Morning News "It is what it is". "You just don't bring that to work". We remember when Pittsburgh Steelers' defensive player James Harrison refused to go in 2009.
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'll collaborate later on in life but like right now [I'm] just trying to enjoy this right now".
"I haven't thought about it". "People know how I feel about it".
"Been there, done that", Hightower said, via ESPN's Mike Reiss.
The move is far from unprecedented, but is subject to more attention because of the team's relationship with President Trump.
Sharpe also criticized Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for having a Donald Trump "Make America Great Again" hat in his locker during the presidential primaries where it would obviously be seen, then not speaking his mind when people asked about it.
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