The New England Patriots visited the White House today, to celebrate their Super Bowl victory. Tom Brady's Super Bowl game was the only game his mother was able to attend due to health issues, according to Reiss. The quarterback stated that he had personal family matters to attend to instead, so, this may not be a political statement by Brady after all.
For the record, Brady attributed his absence to "recent developments" and "personal family matters".
Devin McCourty, LeGarrette Blount, Alan Branch, Chris Long, and Martellus Bennett have all cited political reasons as their decision not to attend Trump's first championship team hosting ceremony. He even crashed this morning's press briefing, asking Sean Spicer is he "needed any help".
"With your backs against the wall, and the pundits - good old pundits", Trump said. As was the case in those years, the thinking was that the number of players present was reduced in part because for some who were invited the novelty of going to the White House wasn't the same as it was two years ago.
Brady also skipped the Patriots 2015 White House visit.
He also addressed how proud he is that several Patriots, including Belichick and Kraft, have ties to the military and are "big supporters". I like (Patriots owner) Bob Kraft.
Sources tell Reuters a Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 US presidential election to Trump and undermine voters' faith in the American electoral system.
During the ceremony on the South Lawn, Trump praised the Patriots for their Super Bowl-record 25-point second-half comeback to beat the Atlanta Falcons. As a matter of fact, by meeting Trump, Belichick became the first National Football League coach ever to visit with three different presidents following a Super Bowl win.
Anyway, not everyone on the Patriots' roster backed out of the White House visit.
Hernandez - who played for the Patriots from 2010 to 2012 - was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction.
Everyone on Twitter seemed to think it was a little weird that Trump didn't mention Brady.
After the Super Bowl, McCourty told Time he wouldn't attend because he doesn't "feel accepted in the White House".
"Whether trying to win a Super Bowl or rebuilding our country there are no days off", Trump said.
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