Tom Brady to miss Patriots' visit to White House

Paola Ditto
Aprile 20, 2017

Well, half of the Patriots did, anyway.

President Donald Trump welcomed the New England Patriots to the White House Wednesday, noting the parallels between his own upset victory and their stunning Super Bowl win - but avoiding discussion of the apparent prison suicide of their former teammate Aaron Hernandez earlier in the day. The Patriots' 2002 visit with Bush, after the team's first Super Bowl championship, drew "50-plus" players. He was hardly alone - only 34 Patriots players made the trip to Washington, D.C. To some players, absences were notably linked to politics.

The New England Patriots responded by tweeting that the photos "lack context", writing that in 2015, 40 football staff members stood on the steps and this year, those staff members sat on the lawn.

"He called today and he said, 'Donald, I support you, you're my friend and I voted for you, '" Trump said, to cheers, adding that Brady gave him permission to tell the crowd how he voted.

Brady had also cited a family commitment in declining a White House visit with the Patriots in 2015, when Barack Obama was in office.

The New England Patriot's Rob Gronkowski paid a surprise visit to the White House briefing room during Wednesday's televised briefing.

As you can clearly see in the photo above, there are slightly more people in the 2015 photo behind the president.

It looked like Rutgers star and two-time All-Pro Devin McCourty was going to be the biggest star absent until Wednesday morning, when future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady dropped out because of "personal family matters".

Not mentioned by Trump were the many absent players.

"Where's Danny? Where's Danny?"

In his typical off-the-cuff style, Trump offered shoutouts to numerous players who did make the visit, and offered a wholly unnecessary recap of the game as well.

Six other Patriots had announced they wouldn't attend the event for political reasons. An NFL Network reporter suggested Wednesday was the wedding anniversary of Tom Sr. and Galynn Brady, the quarterback's mother who has been battling cancer.

"The different things that come out of the White House or the [administration] just didn't agree or align with some of my views", McCourty said at the Boston University's "Play It Forward" summit (h/t ESPN).

Trump has personal ties to the Patriots, as various media outlets have reported.

On top of it all, newly disclosed FEC filings show Kraft's firm donated $1 million to Trump's inaugural fund.

"I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today". This is the first time it's gotten any media attention.

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