A New England Patriots player has apparently declared his intention to skip a trip to the White House if the team is invited by President Trump following their Super Bowl 53 victory Sunday night.
In a video clip posted by TMZ Sports, Patriots safety Duron Harmon said he wouldn’t join players if they head to Washington, D.C., in the coming weeks.
“Nah, man,” Harmon said when asked by a reporter behind the camera whether he would attend. “They don’t want me in the White House, man.”
Instead, Harmon said, he’d rather meet with former president Barack Obama.
“That would be dope,” Harmon said in the video. “Obama, man, come holler at me, man, we love you over here.”
There is no set date or confirmed plans for a Patriots visit to the White House at this time. But going to meet with a sitting president has become a tradition for championship-winning teams, and Trump has an affinity for the Patriots in particular.
Some Patriots players visited the White House in 2017 after beating the Atlanta Falcons in dramatic fashion at Super Bowl 51. Quarterback Tom Brady, LeGarrette Blount, Alan Branch, and Martellus Bennett were not among them.
If the Patriots do head to the White House to celebrate their latest Super Bowl victory, the team may have to wait in line: a visit to Washington, D.C., by the Red Sox, who clinched the World Series title in October, is still pending.
Last month, amid the federal government shutdown, the Red Sox postponed their trip, which had been scheduled for Feb. 15.
With the government reopened (for the time being, at least), the Red Sox visit is now set for May 9, according to a Globe report.
It will mark the fourth time since 2004 that the team has made the trip. But not everyone is keen on attending.
Mookie Betts, who received the American League Most Valuable Player trophy, said last month he would not be there.
“I won’t be going there,” Betts told the Globe. “I decided not to.”
As for the status of Red Sox manager Alex Cora’s appearance at the White House, that remains unclear, the Globe reported.
Cora, who has been outspoken about the federal government’s response to Hurricane Maria in his native Puerto Rico, has been conflicted about whether or not he’ll go.Steve Annear can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.