Pats owner unfazed with players skipping White House visit (Reuters)

(Reuters) – New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft downplayed the growing number of his players who have said they will boycott a visit to the White House, saying on Monday that it is America and people are free to do what they want. At least six Patriots players have publicly said they will not make the trip to the White House – a longstanding tradition among pro sports teams after winning a championship – and some cited U.S. President Donald Trump as their reason. Kraft, a Trump friend and supporter who attended the presidential inauguration last month, said on NBC’s “Today” show that players were able to make up their own minds and added that members of the team have skipped the visit in the past.