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Chris Long fires back at Twitter critics over skipping Pats’ White House visit

Chris Long is one of a handful of New England Patriots players — six in all — skipping 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 his decision. And Long continued to do so by firing off a series of tweets Thursday night in response 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.”

The debate in question 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 player who is refusing 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 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.

[The Big Lead]

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