Athletes Who Have Snubbed the White House

For some, a trip to the White House was no big deal.

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With the Patriots still in the midst of their Super Bowl celebration, tight end Martellus Bennett made it clear he had no intention of visiting Trump's White House. Five teammates - defensive back Devin McCourty, running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive end Chris Long, linebacker Dont'a Hightower and defensive tackle Alan Branch - quickly followed suit.
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Tom Brady didn't attend a 2015 celebration at the White House because of what the quarterback insisted was a ``family commitment'' but others speculated was because of some unflattering comments a spokesman for President Obama made about the Deflategate scandal.
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Larry Bird shrugged off an invitation from Reagan after the Boston Celtics won an NBA title, crabbily explaining, "If the president wants to see me, he knows where to find me.''
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Michael Jordan said he preferred to spend time with his family rather than hang with President George H.W. Bush.
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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison turned down not one, but two chances to visit the White House, pointing out - quite correctly - that he wouldn't have gotten either of those invitations if his team had lost the Super Bowl.
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Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas declined to join the 2011 Stanley Cup champions on their White House visit, writing on social media that the government ``has grown out of control."
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Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk passed on a chance to meet with Obama because of the president's support of Planned Parenthood.
Golfer Tom Lehman was even more outspoken when rebuffing a president, calling Bill Clinton "a draft-dodging baby killer.''
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