“Been there, done that,” Hightower, who also skipped the Patriots’ parade Tuesday in Boston, said (via ESPN’s Mike Reiss), adding that there was nothing specific related to President Trump.
Hightower visited Obama’s White House when he played for Alabama.
His teammates Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty also will skip the trip, but they are doing so because of their opposition to President Trump. Running back James White, who scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime, has not yet decided what he will do. “I’ll wait till the time comes and decide then,” White told Sirius XM radio.
McCourty explained Monday that he wouldn’t “feel accepted in the White House. With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices, I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won’t.” Bennett said a week ago that he most likely would skip the trip if the Patriots were to win. “I don’t support the guy that’s in the house,” he said.