Ex-UM star Alan Branch won’t visit Trump’s White House

The Detroit News

You can add former Michigan star Alan Branch to the list.

Branch said in a radio interview Friday that he will skip an invitation from President Trump to visit the White House in celebration of the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl victory.

“I’ve got four kids at home so I’m just going to hang out with the family and continue celebrating until the next season starts,” Branch told SiriusXM host Alex Marvez.

Branch, an All-American defensive tackle at UM, attended a White House celebration to visit President Obamaa after the Patriots’ Super Bowl win two years ago.

The Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28 in overtime, in Super Bowl LI on Sunday.

Six Patriots, so far, have said they will skip the as-yet unscheduled trip to Washington, including tight end Martellus Bennett, running back LeGarrette Blount, linebacker Dont’a Hightower, defensive end Chris Long and safety Devin McCourty.

The Patriots’ coach, Bill Belichick, and quarterback, Tom Brady, have well-publicized friendships with Donald Trump, as does Patriots owner Robert Kraft.