Martellus Bennett Says He Will Not Accompany His Teammates To The White House

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 14: Tight end Martellus Bennett #88 of the New England Patriots during the Houston Texans Vs New England Patriots Divisional round game during the NFL play-offs on January 14th, 2017 at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Washington (CNN)-After the New England Patriot’s epic historic Super Bowl win that took place on Sunday, Martellus Bennett stated to reporters that he would not be going to the White House with his teammates. The primary goal of the visit which is set for late this year is to get recognized by President Trump for their efforts. He said that he hadn’t given thought to it and that he wouldn’t go. He stated he would only explain this decision later on, and that people would know how he felt about the matter if they followed him on Twitter.

Martellus further said that he was at great ease not thinking about the reaction he would get from Robert Kraft-the team owner as a result of him not attending the White House event, and also that politics was never a subject of discussion between him and his teammates in the locker room. White House has not commented on this issue despite CNN efforts to reach them.

Being a forefront supporter of the Black Lives Matter Movement, he heavily criticized Kanye West for hooking up with Trump last year in December. He tweeted:  “So Kanye didn’t take the time to vote. And now he holding on to Trump’s coattail like Peter Pettigrew to Lord Voldemort. Kanye Pettigrew”

Bennett also took part in a similar protest on the courtyard accompanied by his teammate-Devin McCourty during the national anthem at a game in September. This was after Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback protested against racism by sitting down during the national anthem. Due to Tom Brady’s good relationship with the president, The Patriots have had close ties with Trump. Tom has avoided commenting on Trump-related matters reserving his comments as non-political.

A day before the Election Day, Trump had reported saying Tom Brady and Bill Belichick the team coach, were 100% behind him in his campaign.