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Chris Long tweets back at critics of him skipping Pats’ White House visit

Sportress of Blogitude logo Sportress of Blogitude 2017-02-17 Jason Rowan
Patriots defensive end Chris Long responded to critics of him skipping the team's White House visit on Twitter. © Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Patriots defensive end Chris Long responded to critics of him skipping the team's White House visit on Twitter.

Chris Long is one of a handful of New England Patriots players — six in all — who intend to skip a visit to the White House to celebrate the team’s Super Bowl LI victory.

The veteran defensive end has been among the most vocal Patriots players in defending the decision. And Long continued to do so on Thursday night on social media.

Long tweeted that he "heard it all this week...if you don't want to hear about some of the dumb (expletive) I've heard...mute away, but it's good. Rapid fire time, yeah?" 

And then he fired off a series of tweets to defend himself to those criticizing him for declining to attend.

Long, prior to his tweetstorm, explained his decision for passing on visiting the White House during an interview with Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” podcast (via NESN).

“I’m just not doing it,” Long said. “I’ve got plenty of serious political reasons that probably don’t belong on this show, but I’m just not doing it. America’s an awesome country, man. Everybody knows that. That’s why I have this choice.”

As Long mentions, the debate in question centers around whether it’s up to the individual player to decide whether to attend this kind of event, whether it’s for political reasons or otherwise.

Although many clearly disagree with Long’s position, it merits noting Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Tom Brady — both of whom count Donald Donald Trump as a friend or acquaintance in some respect — declined to directly criticize any Patriots player who plans not to visit the White House. In commenting on the situation, both Kraft and Brady cited the right of an individual to make their own personal choice.

All said, depending on one’s individual position on the issue at hand, Long arguably makes some compelling points. Or at the very least, Long deserves some credit for facing the criticism and defending his position instead of avoiding it.

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