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This bugs me. The idea that politics have become so personal and vindictive. I think this is a direct affect of the conservative entertainment complex. There is a lot of hate promoted on the right to the point where things like this take place.

The members of the 1972 Miami Dolphins team, who had a perfect 17-0 season, will be honored at the White House by President Obama on Tuesday. However, at least three members from that team have chosen not to attend the festivities for political reasons, David Hyde of the Sun Sentinel reports.

Hall of Fame center Jim Langer, guard Bob Kuechenberg and defensive tackle Manny Fernandez are skipping the event because of politics and President Obama, with Hyde adding that two have been on the fence about attending for similar reasons.

"We've got some real moral compass issues in Washington," Langer said. "I don't want to be in a room with those people and pretend I'm having a good time. I can't do that. If that (angers) people, so be it."

The '72 Dolphins were unable to visit the White House after their historic season as President Richard Nixon was embroiled in the Watergate scandal.

The choice of whether or not to attend this non-political, ceremonial event is an individual decision that athletes have every right to make. These three Dolphins will not be the first athletes to decline a White House invitation while Obama has been in office, either.

Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas and Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk each skipped White House visits for political reasons, as well. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison skipped White House visit with President George W. Bush in 2006, but remained consistent by skipping the visit with President Obama in 2009. Steelers linebacker Joey Porter planned to use the '06 visit with President Bush to let him know that he did not agree with the way the country was being run. Porter ended up not sharing his thoughts with President Bush, but did attend the event with his teammates. This is so stupid.

While Langer, Kuechenberg and Fernandez have every right to skip this event, it's unfortunate that they've chosen to put their own political views ahead of being with their friends and former teammates, who are finally being honored by the White House for their excellent season. Had a White House visit occurred in 1973, surely there would have several players on that Dolphins team with political views that ran opposite of those held by Nixon. However, it's a safe bet that those players would have attended the event because invitations to the White House to be honored by the President of the United States are rare and those players would not have put their own interests ahead of those of the team.

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Maybe they are afraid they will have to shake hands with him and it might rub off.
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They have every right to not participate if that is their wish. It is still a somewhat free country after all..
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They have every right to not participate if that is their wish. It is still a somewhat free country after all..
Nobody questions the rights. The point is these guys are making a political comment when it ain't about them as individuals. It's about the team and it's the POTUS awarding the team. It's that simple. Nobody asked these idiots to support Obama's politics. This is what I mean about this hate stuff. From yelling "Liar" at the SOTU speech to this stuff. The right doesn't know...excuse me. Some on the right have completely lost the plot over partisan politics. When I watch FOX I know that if you watched that channel you couldn't help but hate Obama. I have seen a lot of this crap specifically towards this POTUS.
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Did you sleep during the Bush years? Ever hear of the Dixie Chicks? Folks with celebrity status speak out all the time.
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I hope Obama doesn't tell the players at the ceremony, "You didn't go undefeated. Someone else made that happen."
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I hope Obama doesn't tell the players at the ceremony, "You didn't go undefeated. Someone else made that happen."
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Did you sleep during the Bush years? Ever hear of the Dixie Chicks? Folks with celebrity status speak out all the time.
I don't know how the Dixie Chicks relate. They were shunned by the right. In fact the right went so ape shlt as usual they were burning albums and banning their music. I remember that.
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Gee, standing up for one principles, how novel in this day and age.

Good job boys.
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Gee, standing up for one principles, how novel in this day and age.

Good job boys.
You shouldn't support this stuff. It hurts our country. Why should we do everything in life based on politics? I don't feel bad for Obama. I feel bad that our country has gotten so deeply into these hateful camps that people can't put politics aside. I mean are we going to start this back and forth. Like I said, this isn't about your views on politics. It's about the office of the presidency and showing the respect that deserves and also for your team mates who may not share your views. I don't remember people doing this to Bush and if they had I would have found that childish and disrespectful of the office.
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