Alan Branch was one of several New England Patriots who skipped the team’s trip to the White House on Wednesday to meet with President Trump. On Thursday, the former Michigan star explained why.
“It’s nothing about the politics; it’s about the person and what he said,” Branch told CNN. He noted that he had no interest in shaking the president’s hand after hearing the lewd and sexually aggressive comments he made in an infamous Access Hollywood tape that was released last October.
“What President Trump said on the bus really struck a nerve with me,” Branch said. “I’m a father of three daughters and I have a son as well. I can’t see myself having any type of interest to go see a person who would say those things. I have a baby boy, not even a year old yet. I don’t want him to grow up thinking saying stuff like that is all right at any point in his life.”
Trump downplayed the comments as locker room talk. Branch said he has never heard “anyone talk that aggressively and disrespectful toward women” in any locker room he’s been in during his career.
Branch’s full interview can be found here.
Branch just wrapped up his 10th NFL season with his second Super Bowl ring. He was also a member of the Patriots when they won the Super Bowl in 2014. The Arizona Cardinals chose Branch in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft.