The New York Daily News’ Chuck Modiano wrote a well-intentioned but kind of judgmental open letter to Chris Long that was published on Thursday. It led to the veteran defensive end announcing he is unlikely to attend the White House when the Patriots go.
In the letter, Modiano asked Long to refuse the White House invitation “in solidarity” with Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty and Dont’a Hightower, all of whom have already expressed their unwillingness to attend the White House because of the president currently occupying it.
Long was the subject of the piece given his humanitarian efforts and past statements. In addition to running a foundation aiming to provide clean water to people in East Africa, Long criticized ESPN’s tone-deaf coverage of Michael Sam’s showering habits and was supportive of Colin Kaepernick’s decision to not stand for the national anthem.
Yet Modiano’s piece read as an attempt to guilt Long into doing something he seemingly was already a fair bet to do. After the letter ran, Long confirmed that he didn’t plan on going.
Oh Chuck. Planned on skipping, hadn't been asked. Don't need an open letter explaining my own words to me. Not *joining* anyone. My call. https://t.co/XWo9x2XT40— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) February 9, 2017
Later on Thursday, LeGarrette Blount said on The Rich Eisen Show that he won't go to the White House either.
"I will NOT be going to the White House. I don't feel welcome in that house. I'll leave it at that." -@LG_Blount— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) February 9, 2017
Long and Blount bring the total of Patriots turning down a possible meeting with President Trump to five. Don't be surprised if that number continues to rise.