|Devin McCourty further explains not going to White House||04.14.17 at 1:15 pm ET|
Immediately after the Super Bowl, Devin McCourty made it known he would not be going to the White House when the Patriots get honored.
The Patriots will be going next Wednesday and on Friday, speaking at an event at Boston University, McCourty further detailed why he will not be going.
“For me, it was just the different things that come out of the White House or the administration just didn’t agree or align with some of my views,” McCourty said, via ESPN’s The Undefeated. “I talked to Chris Long. I thought he said it the best. He has a young son. And he said, whatever happens from this administration, he doesn’t want his son to grow up and say, ‘Dad, you knew that was the wrong thing to do at the time. Why did you do it? You knew what was right.'”
“And you look at it now, I’m a new dad. And my daughter is growing up in this country…How will I explain to her why is there a photo op of me shaking someone’s hand if I didn’t agree with him? … I think it’s an individual decision. I think everyone on our team has the right to go or not go. But I think you should do what’s best for you. Do what you think is right.”
Other players who have already said they won’t be going include Long, Dont’a Hightower, LeGarrette Blount, Alan Branch and Martellus Bennett.
|Having both Jason and Devin McCourty on Patriots would be nice, but it likely won’t happen||at 11:12 am ET|
When Jason McCourty announced he was being released by the Titans on Thursday, everyone had the same reaction.
Will Jason join his twin brother Devin on the Patriots, and what potential pranks could they play on Bill Belichick as well as the media?
The two have been on record saying they would love to play together on the same NFL team, and the Patriots potentially could be in the market for a cornerback, but while on the surface it may seem like a fit, taking a step back and looking at the big picture it may not actually work out.
First off, the Patriots would only really be in need for a cornerback if Malcolm Butler isn’t around, and at this point, it seems like he will be returning to New England. He hasn’t received any offer sheets and why would a team want to give up compensation and a long-term deal to acquire him when teams could wait a year and sign him as an unrestricted free agent next offseason without giving anything up. Barring a trade, Butler will be back with New England and playing for $3.91 million in 2017.
If Butler is in the mix, McCourty would be competing for the No. 3 cornerback spot with Stephon Gilmore and Butler ahead of him. The Patriots also have Eric Rowe and Cyrus Jones in the mix, so playing time would not be guaranteed for McCourty. This would be a huge change for McCourty who was one of the top corners in Tennessee.
Secondly, the Titans let him go because of financial reasons and not wanting to pay him $7 million this season. The Patriots likely wouldn’t be willing to pay him that much money considering their commitments to Gilmore and others, and why would McCourty take such a big pay cut to fit the Patriots’ needs when he likely will have higher offers from other teams where he would also be assured playing time.
Sure, McCourty could take less money and playing time in order to compete for a Super Bowl and play with his brother in New England, but looking at the the Patriots roster and how they approach contracts, it doesn’t seem like a fit.
|Devin McCourty: ‘I don’t want to go and sit around the White House for 4 hours to shake the president’s hand’||02.20.17 at 11:00 am ET|
Devin McCourty is one of six Patriots players who have already said they will not attend a ceremony at the White House honoring the Super Bowl champs.
“I’m not going to the White House,” McCourty told TIME via text message the day after the Super Bowl. “Basic reason for me is I don’t feel accepted in the White House. With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won’t. … I can’t imagine a way I go there.”
Over the weekend, McCourty returned to Rutgers for a blood drive at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and qhile he was there he spoke with NJ.com and further explained his reasons for not planning on visiting the White House.
McCourty said his decision is not a boycott.
“I personally don’t think so, but I think at this time in our country people feel like it’s a huge statement so they are going with it,” he said. “For me, it is what it is. Last time we won, a bunch of guys didn’t go, but it just wasn’t as a big a deal as it is now.”
Added McCourty: “It wasn’t really a big decision. I knew I wasn’t going to the White House if we won. To me, it’s a personal decision. Having been there before, you go there and you shake the president’s hand. That’s it. For me, I don’t want to go and sit around the White House for four hours to shake the president’s hand.”
McCourty also noted he won’t be trying to influence any of his teammates and their decision. They can decide for themselves.
“I think everybody on the team has the right and should decide,” he said. “I don’t think you should not go because six guys aren’t going, or you should go. To me, it’s up to you if you want to go or not.”
|DL Alan Branch joins growing number of Patriots who say they won’t go to White House||02.09.17 at 8:35 pm ET|
Alan Branch told SiriusXM Radio on Thursday that he won’t be visiting the White House as part of the Super Bowl celebration.
The veteran Patriots defensive lineman said he will be “spending time with family” instead.
Branch joins a growing collection of players who have publicly said they are not going, a group that includes Devin McCourty, Martellus Bennett, Chris Long and Dont’a Hightower.
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|Sounds like Chris Long won’t be going to the White House||at 10:49 am ET|
It sounds like Chris Long won’t be visiting the White House.
In a Thursday Tweet responding to a columnist who wrote an “open letter” saying he shouldn’t go, the Patriots defensive end said he “planned on skipping” the trip to the White House, and added that it was “my call.”
“[I] don’t need an open letter explaining my own words to me,” he added.
Long has always been very open when it comes to his stance on social issues. The veteran spoke eloquently this past season about his feelings regarding Colin Kaepernick’s protests. He’s also been active through the Waterboys Initiative in helping bring clean water to East African communities in need.
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|Dont’a Hightower on potential White House trip: ‘Been there, done that’||02.08.17 at 1:17 pm ET|
Dont’a Hightower said Wednesday that he did not plan to go to the White House.
“Been there, done that,” the linebacker told ESPN, who noted he didn’t go in 2014 either after the first Super Bowl win, and added that it wasn’t anything specific to the president. He did note that he had been following Alabama’s national championship win when he was with the Tide as a collegian.
Devin McCourty and Martellus Bennett have already indicated they won’t be going to the White House as well, while James White is taking a wait-and-see approach.
Hightower, who was not at the parade on Tuesday, also told ESPN that the second Super Bowl win was “a million times” sweeter than the first one, referencing the fact that Tom Brady was missing for the first quarter of the season.
“For the adversity we had in the first four games, and having three different quarterbacks and obviously not having Rob [Ninkovich],” he said. “Having guys put in certain situations who weren’t ready at the time — but it didn’t matter. And the way that they responded and how well they did showed what kind of a team we are.”
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|Patriots players knew Tom Brady, offense was going to score TD in overtime||02.06.17 at 1:06 am ET|
HOUSTON — Tom Brady led the Patriots from 25 points down in the second half, including 16 points down in the middle of the fourth quarter to beat the Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
Once he and the offense tied it up in the closing two minutes, the Patriots knew they were going to win.
“We knew,” Trey Flowers said. “Well, I think I had a feeling when Julian [Edelman] caught that ball. You know, that unbelievable catch, man. I just knew, if we go to overtime, we’re going to get it. We’re going to win and be the champs. So once we got the ball [in overtime] and they put the ball in Tom’s hands, it was game over.”
Added Devin McCourty: “We said all year, if we get stops, he’s going to score. I don’t care how much time is left. I went to the coin toss and said if Slate [Matthew Slater] gets this coin toss we’re going to win the game.”
The Patriots defense was so confident the offense was going to score, they told defensive coordinator Matt Patricia to stop going over a game plan.
“We stay back and Matt P’s going over defense and we’re like, ‘Matty P, we’re not going out there. There’s no way we’re going out there. Tom Brady’s in the groove. He’s doing everything we need him to do to win this game,'” Duron Harmon said. “And that’s what happened. He led that team down that whole fourth quarter. That’s Tom Brady quarter. That’s what we’re going to call it from now on.”
Added Logan Ryan: “When it got to overtime, I basically untied my cleats and watched Brady like you guys did.”
Between the fourth quarter and overtime, Brady went 21-for-27 with 246 yards.
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