The New England Patriots are taking their traditional visit to the White House, but it won't come without a massive amount of controversy. Some members of the team are big supporters of the new administration, while others refuse to step foot near the president. Come next month, all eyes will be on the first professional sports team undertaking this tradition with President Donald Trump in charge.

April showers bring the Patriots

According to Sean Spicer, the press secretary for the White House, the Patriots will undertake the traditional championship visit on Wednesday, April 19. The visit will be significant for the entire sports world, as it will be the first to take place under President Trump.

The team will likely get a tour of the facility and meet with the president in a press conference, as has become ritual.

All eyes will likely be focused on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, a noted Trump supporter who was once spotted with a "Make America Great Again" hat in his locker. He has tried to distance himself from some of the more controversial takes stemming from the White House, but this will provide a perfect photo opportunity between him and the still-new president of the United States.

Controversial visit

Like Brady, Patriots owner Robert Kraft has a personal relationship with President Trump and will likely welcome the chance to go to the White House and give his opinion on the job the administration is doing so far.

He won't be joined by all of the members of his roster, though.

Safety and Patriots captain Devin McCourty previously expressed to TIME that he would be unwilling to visit the White House because of the apparent prejudices of the administration. Martellus Bennett, who signed with the Green Bay Packers, also said politics would prevent him from making the visit.

Defensive tackle Alan Branch and linebacker Dont'a Hightower also said they wouldn't attend, although they wouldn't share why. It will be interesting to see if any other players join that movement in the next month.

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