Former Bear protesting Trump Super Bowl visit still registered in Long Grove — but didn’t vote
New England Patriots Tight End Martellus Bennett slammed singer Kanye West in December for supporting President Donald Trump but not “taking time to vote.”
But Illinois State Board of Elections records show Bennett himself didn’t vote in 2014 when, while playing for the Chicago Bears, he lived and was registered at his home in Long Grove.
Bennett refused to visit the White House when his team was recognized by Trump.
The Houston native didn’t vote in the March 18, 2014 primary, nor did he vote in the November general election, according to ISBE.
The Bears played Oct. 26, 2014 — a 51-23 loss to New England — but had an off weekend before the 2014 Election Day, in which the main event was a race for Illinois governor between then-incumbent Pat Quinn and Gov. Bruce Rauner.
But at least Bennett could have voted if he actually wanted to do so. State voter records show he is the only registered voter of the six Patriots not visiting the White House.
LeGarrette Blount, James White, Devin McCourty and Dont’a Hightower aren’t registered at all. Chris Long hasn’t updated his voter registration since 2007, when he lived in Virginia.
Bennett is registered in Ela Township Precinct 101, which Trump won 454-450 over Hillary Clinton.