Last night, the nation watched in disappointment as once again the New England Patriots dominated an overmatched and underprepared Los Angeles Rams en route to a 13-3 victory and their ninth championship title.
Punctuating the resignation and disgust of everyone who doesn’t live in New England is the fact that President Donald Trump will be reveling in not only the victory of his “friends” Tom Brady and Robert Kraft but also ecstatic at the opportunity to eat cheeseburgers with the winners and steal some of their spotlight for himself.
But some Patriots are already making it clear they have no intention of being paraded about in front of the cameras and used as a prop for Trump’s ego-boosting photo op.
Safety Duron Harmon told TMZ that he had no intention of going to the White House. “Nah, man. They don’t want me in the White House” said Harmon, before adding that he would love to visit with former President Barack Obama. “Hey, Obama, come holler at me, man. We love you over here.”
The NBA championship-winning Golden State Warriors famously visited Barack Obama in Washington D.C. after President Trump refused to invite them to White House over criticisms made by star point guard Steph Curry. The president also disinvited the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles the year before after the majority of the team refused to go.
It remains to be seen if Tom Brady or other Patriot stars are willing to embrace Trump’s bigotry and racism after a year of the president attacking NFL players for kneeling during the anthem in protest of police brutality and systemic racism. Let’s hope the players stand in solidarity with their peers and take a stand against the president and all the heinous things he stands for.
Original reporting by Hayley Miller at HuffPost.