It's the right of each Patriots team member to decide individually to skip the White House visit to meet with President Trump. The six players who have so far declined to go are exercising their American values and commitment to true patriotism, writes Adrian Walker in the Boston Globe. The White House visit is an offseason photo opp that's not mandatory for any player to attend, so taking the stand against meeting with a president they don't support or agree with is a justified way for them to exercise their rights and express their beliefs.
It's rude for some members of the Patriots to refuse to visit the White House. Skipping the visit because of their political or personal beliefs disrespects the office of the president, our democratic system, and the tradition of sports victors meeting with the president, which dates back to 1865. Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press says that while it's easier to make a statement by skipping the visit, the more meaningful approach would be for players to share their views with the President and use the visit to bridge cultural gaps and perspectives.