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Report: "Many" Red Sox players still plan to visit White House

Report: "Many" Red Sox players still plan to visit White House

As a collective, the Boston Red Sox still seem a bit undecided about their upcoming White House visit.

Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Rafael Devers all have said they won't join the team May 9 when it visits President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C. to celebrate Boston's 2018 World Series championship.

According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, though, there's still a sizeable contingent of players making the trip -- "more than you think," one undecided player reportedly told Heyman.

The Red Sox would have visited the White House back in February but postponed the trip to May 9 due to the government shutdown.

Manager Alex Cora, who's been critical in the past of how the Trump Administration handled recovery efforts in his native Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, still is undecided if he'll join his players.

The Red Sox have been careful to leave politics out of their visit, with president Sam Kennedy insisting the trip is voluntary and that the club doesn't want to make any sort of statement with who does and doesn't attend.

If some of their biggest stars (and their manager) stay behind while others go, however, Kennedy's wish may go unfulfilled.

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Report: Trump wants Kraft at White House with Patriots, aides not so sure

Report: Trump wants Kraft at White House with Patriots, aides not so sure

President Donald Trump wants Patriots owner Robert Kraft to join his players at the traditional White House celebration for their Super Bowl championship this spring despite Trump aides' worries about the controversy surrounding Kraft after his arrest for soliciting prostitution, POLITICO reports.

From THE POLITICO report: 

White House officials told POLITICO they consider it a bad idea for Trump to host Kraft for a celebratory event at the White House, where it has become customary for presidents to honor championship sports teams.

A senior White House official also told POLITICO that the President has spoken to Kraft since the Patriots owner was charged last month in Florida.

Kraft, who faces two charges of soliciting prostitution, denied any illegal activity in his initial statement and pled not guilty last month. He reportedly rejected a plea offer from the Florida state attorney's office that would drop his charges if he admitted he would have been proven guilty in court.

Trump aides told POLITICO they have not expressed their concerns about inviting Kraft to join the team at the White House to the President because he has stood by Kraft, a longtime friend of the President, since his arrest ("He's proclaimed his innocence totally," Trump said) and has told aides he wants the Pats owner there.

“But I would bet that he comes,” one official told POLITICO. “He’s synonymous with the team. He’s accused, but he hasn’t been convicted.”

Three Patriots, twin brothers Jason and Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon, have said they will skip the White House visit this year. A date has not been set. The World Series champion Red Sox are scheduled to visit the White House May 9. In April 2017 when Trump hosted the Pats after their Super Bowl 51 victory, 34 of the 68 invited players attended, along with Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and several team officials. 

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Red Sox CF Jackie Bradley Jr. elaborates on his decision to skip White House visit

Red Sox CF Jackie Bradley Jr. elaborates on his decision to skip White House visit

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. elaborated on his decision to skip the world champions' traditional visit to the White House in May in a tweet on Friday.

Bradley did it in the form of a riddle and insisted his decision wasn't political.

Bradley's previous White House trips were with College World Series champion South Carolina in 2010 and with the Red Sox champs after the 2013 World Series victory. 

The team postponed its visit until May because of the government shutdown. The Red Sox are now scheduled to visit on May 9, an off day for the team after a series in Baltimore.

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