New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon is refusing to go to Trump’s White House after his team won the Super Bowl. He declined on Thursday, even before they won, and said no again today. The Make America Great Again crazies are outraged.
Harmon told Sports Illustrated on Thursday, “I probably won’t go. I’m not going. I did not go last time. We all know why. I just feel like, for what he believes and what he says, it doesn’t sit well with me, so there’s no point in going there. It would be fake to shake his hand.”
Now, after the Patriots won, he told TMZ, “Nah, man. They don’t want me in the White House.” However, the 28-year-old added, “Hey, Obama, come holler at me, man. We love you over here.” This is Harmon’s third Super Bowl title in his career.
Harmon has been attacked on Twitter with comments like, “Who cares you can all go to hell. Ungrateful ‘SOB.‘” There is also this gem, “You can’t be a Christian and racist at the same time! Shunning the President for Obama proves that you’re racist!” And lest we forget this Fox News talking point from a user titled AProudAmerican (@nds1776), “It’s unfortunate that you’re so eager to meet the 1st black president who did literally NOTHING for the black community but made sure he somehow walks away a multi-millionaire from a public servant salary. Too bad you don’t know how that works. Too bad race is what matters to you.”
Harmon responded on Twitter with, “Oh y’all big maddddddd.”
Harmon is one of many athletes who are refusing to visit the White House. Mookie Betts’ team, the Boston Red Sox, won the 2018 World Series. On Jan. 26, he accepted the Most Valuable Player award at the 96th annual New York Baseball Writers’ Association of America dinner and said about an invitation to the White House, “I won’t be going there. I decided not to.’’
The Red Sox were scheduled to visit the White House this month, but it was rescheduled to May 9 because of Trump’s government shutdown. Third baseman Rafael Devers also said he won’t attend, but claimed his decision wasn’t political. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who is Black, and pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez said they were undecided.
Back in December, team President Sam Kennedy revealed the team will go to the White House. However, individual players can decide if they want to go.
Shout out to every player who has decided to not engage with this administration’s racism.