Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty have the courage Tom Brady lacks

Two New England Patriots say they will not meet Donald Trump after their Super Bowl victory. At least they’re not dodging the issue like their quarterback

By Andrew Jerell Jones / The Guardian / February 8, 2017


In the midst of the idiotic “stick to sports” movement engulfing anyone in the media who dares to disagree with the White House, Super Bowl LI was another prime example of how sports will always be intertwined with politics.

After the New England Patriots secured arguably the most shocking comeback win in American sports history on Sunday, their loquacious tight end Martellus Bennett presented the US public with another test of their sanity: either accept that athletes can make their own stands or risk being embarrassed trying to muzzle them.

Bennett became the first US athlete in the Donald Trump presidential era to declare that he won’t be going to a celebration at the White House. Safety and team captain Devin McCourty then became the second when he joined Bennetton Tuesday by declining the photo op with Trump.