Jackie Bradley Jr. responds to White House visit backlash

"I still wouldn't go if Hillary was in office either."

Jackie Bradley Jr. home run Game 4.
Jackie Bradley Jr. hits a home run in Game 4 of the ALCS on Oct. 17, 2018. –Jim Davis / Globe Staff

On Wednesday, Jackie Bradley Jr. said he wouldn’t attend a White House ceremony to honor the Red Sox World Series win on May 9, joining Mookie Betts and Rafael Devers in doing so.

The center fielder visited the White House twice during the Obama administration following College World Series championships by the University of South Carolina in 2010 and 2011.

The decision was met with backlash, which Bradley responded to via Twitter on Friday.

“Riddle me…” he tweeted, attaching an iPhone Notes app screenshot.

“People have a right to their opinion and I respect that. Doesn’t necessarily make it true, but at least you get to express yourself freely I guess,” he wrote.


Bradley noted his RSVP would be the same if Hillary Clinton were the current president.

“And for the crew that’s calling me a racist,” he added. “C’mon now, you obviously don’t know me.”


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