How often have athletes snubbed the White House? (The Associated Press)

The championship-winning team presents the leader of the free world with a personalized jersey. While presidents have been snubbed before, six players from the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots took it to another level by preemptively turning down an expected invitation from President Trump. ”The balance of power in professional sports now rests more with the performers than the owners,” said Stephen Mosher, a professor of sports management and media at Ithaca College.