Green Stripe News released a video on YouTube today featuring Boston area Patriots fans supporting the Pats players, who in the weeks following the Super Bowl, announced that they would decline Trumps’ invitation. Two of the players skipping the visit, Chris Long and Devin McCourty appear in the video offering perspective on their decisions. The pair also offer some behind the scenes insight into what it was like to play in one of the greatest Super Bowls of all time.
Co-founder of Green Stripe News, and creator/director of the video, Patrice Lumumba Jones says the idea for the piece was hatched watching the Super Bowl. An Atlanta native living in Harlem, Jones says that the Falcons' commanding 3rd quarter lead caused him to look ahead to what a Falcons visit to the White House would mean to Atlanta, a city with such a rich history of civil rights activism. “My cautious optimism was interrupted by a sense of dread,” says Jones. “I wanted the city to demand that the team decline the invitation.”
After the Patriots rallied from 25 points down to win in dramatic fashion, like many Falcons fans, Jones was dumbstruck. “But then I started seeing Pats players opting out of visiting Trump. I saw the crap they were getting online from the Trump crowd, labeling the players as unpatriotic. I started calling friends in Boston and realized that the missing narrative featured Patriots fans supporting the players.” The video, entitled StandingPats, is the culmination of that idea.
The White House visit is scheduled for April 19th. It is unknown whether additional players will be opting out in the coming days. Follow #standingpats for further updates.
4.19.2017 - Thirty-four players ultimately skipped the trip. All but 5 were black.
UPDATE 4.26.2017: “The Revolution Will Barely Be Televised” by @mumba_jones