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Martellus Bennett skipping White House, Donald Trump after Super Bowl 51

By Alex Butler
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Martellus Bennett skipping White House, Donald Trump after Super Bowl 51
New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett takes a pass from QB Tom Brady against the Atlanta Falcons in the second quarter of Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston on February 5, 2017. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Tom Brady and Bill Belichick might be buddies with the commander-in-chief, but Martellus Bennett is anything but friends with Donald Trump.

His political views will also keep him from visiting the White House when the New England Patriots visit later this year, a custom followed by champions of major sports in the United States.

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"I haven't thought about it. I am not going to go," Bennett told reporters after the Super Bowl. "I can elaborate later on in life; right now I am just trying to enjoy this ..People know how I feel about it, just follow me on Twitter."

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"You just don't bring that to work. We all have our beliefs. We accept people for who they are."

Bennett is a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. He criticized Kanye West in December for meeting with Trump, likening him to a character in Harry Potter.

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Brady admitted to his friendship with Trump during the season. Trump said before the election the Brady and Belichick both supported him. He said that Brady and Patriots owner Robert Kraft called to congratulate him on being elected.

Enjoyed dinner at Mar-a-Lago this evening with our good friend Donald Trump

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"I have called him, yes, in the past," Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan. "Sometimes he calls me. Sometimes I call him. But, again, that's been someone I've known. I always try to keep it in context because for 16 years you know someone before maybe he was in the position that he was in. He's been very supportive of me for a long time. It's just a friendship. I have a lot of friends. I call a lot of people."

Bennett, 29, had five receptions for 62 yards against the Atlanta Falcons. He had 701 yards and seven touchdowns on 55 receptions for the Patriots in 2016. The 2014 Pro Bowl selection is a free agent this offseason.

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