Jackie Bradley Jr. Says That He Won't Visit The White House, Gives A Message To His Critics And Haters On Twitter
On Wednesday, The Boston Globe reported that Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. won't be attending the team's championship visit to the White House which is scheduled for May 9.
"I don't get into politics. But I won't be going," Bradley told The Globe's Peter Abraham.
Bradley Jr. is the third member of the Red Sox to say he won't be attending the ceremony this spring, joining Mookie Betts and Rafael Devers.
Two days after The Globe's report, the 2018 ALCS MVP posted a message on Twitter:
We can only assume JBJ was getting his mentions and DMs flooded with trolls who had nothing better to do. And that's expected. It'd be the same the other way around as well, if he mentioned he would in fact be going. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
I don't care one bit whether or not a player elects to go to the White House as part of his team's championship ceremony. It's a choice, not a requirement. They're athletes, not political figures. It's not their job to get political or attend political settings.
If JBJ said he did want to attend, my opinion of him wouldn't change, the same way it hasn't changed after knowing he's not going. It's his decision and right. Why should he have to go? Just because you want him to? The fact he doesn't feel like going doesn't mean he's trying to disrespect the White House, the President, America, or whatever else. Again—he's an athlete, not a political figure.
Everyone has reasons for their own personal decisions, and JBJ is no different in this situation. It doesn't make him racist for not wanting to attend a Trump or Hillary White House ceremony, while previously attending two held by Obama. And—if you're the type of person to blame him of being racist because of that—you're contributing to a big problem in America right now.
Not everything is about race. Give it a rest.