Dont’a Hightower won two national championships during his time with the Alabama Crimson Tide and in five NFL seasons with the New England Patriots he already has two Super Bowl wins. So, another trip to the White House is something he’d rather just skip, he told ESPN’s SportsCenter on Wednesday.
“Been there, done that,” Dont’a Hightower said, also noting he didn’t go to White House in 2014 w/ Pats. Had previously been with Alabama.
Hightower, 26, also didn’t go to the Patriots’ victory parade through Boston on Tuesday.
The Patriots’ trip to the White House has been under the microscope, and tight end Martellus Bennett and defensive back Devin McCourty already announced they won’t make the trip due to their disapproval of President Donald Trump.
McCourty joins teammate Martellus Bennett, who confirmed shortly after the game that he’d follow through on his initial claim that he would not visit a Trump White House in the event of a Super Bowl victory.
Sure, Patriots owner Robert Kraft took some subtle shots at Goodell when accepting the trophy, but wearing a shirt with the league commissioner depicted as a clown is a whole other level.
The mayor said there is “zero tolerance” for public drinking or smoking amid the festivities planned for Tuesday.
And the Pats were all like ..
Despite the presence of three of the seven largest major metropolitan areas in the nation and remarkably easy transit between them, the Northeast Corridor between Washington D.C. and New York has gone largely underutilized by national powers (and is perhaps underrated by the recruiting services).