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Alan Branch details why he will not visit White House Wednesday

04.18.17 at 8:46 pm ET
Alan Branch explained why he will not be going to the White House. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Alan Branch explained why he will not be going to the White House. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots will be visiting the White House and Donald Trump on Wednesday, but several players have already made it known they will not be going.

Defensive tackle Alan Branch is one of those players and he shared for the first time exactly why he will not be going to the Boston Globe’s Annie Linskey.

“I wouldn’t spend time away from my family to shake the hand of a guy I wouldn’t want to meet with or talk to,” Branch said. “I can’t see myself going and then hanging out with my kids and pretending everything was all right.”

Branch was offended by President Trump’s sexist comments caught on an Access Hollywood video. He also didn’t like Trump’s “locker-room banter” line.

“I’ve never heard nor talked like that in my life in a locker room, and my 11th season is coming up,” he said. “The way he talked, so aggressively, I’ve just never heard that. I am uncomfortable with that.”

Branch isn’t the only player not going.

Dont’a Hightower, Chris Long, Martellus Bennett, LeGarrette Blount and Devin McCourty have all said they will not be attending.

“What I would say is, I mean, I’d say we’re honored and humbled to be extended the invitation to the White House,” Nick Caserio said Tuesday. “It’s a great opportunity for the team to be recognized for the accomplishments of last season. I think we’re respectful of players and their individual positions. Everybody has their own personal beliefs and feelings on it, but I think it’s important – I mean it’s a great opportunity. People have gone in the past. People haven’t gone in the past.

“I think everybody’s situation – I mean I would say for my staff some guys haven’t been before so this is a great opportunity to be honored, and rewarded and recognized for the accomplishments of what the team did last year, which nobody can take away from us.”

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