Star QB Tom Brady to miss National Football League champs' visit to White House

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 20, 2017

Most of the Patriots team will get together at the White House to celebrate its Super Bowl win with President Donald Trump.

Wednesday's visit also comes as the team grapples with the news that former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was found dead in jail.

Tom Brady, citing family reasons, highlighted the list of players who did not attend Wednesday's ceremony on the South Lawn, but 34 members of the team and over 115 members of the Patriots staff made the trip.

Patriots spokesman Stacey James said: "We are aware of the reports but I don't anticipate that we will be commenting today".

Team owner Bob Kraft is a longtime Trump friend.

In the event that Brady's statement is honest, Donald need not fret, as the almost 40-year-old veteran added, "Hopefully, if we accomplish the goal of winning a championship in future years we will [be] back on the South Lawn again soon". "I love you mom and dad!"

In an interview with Bill O'Reilly that aired before the Super Bowl in February, Trump said that "you have to stick up for your friends, right?".

Brady said he can not attend today's ceremony due to a family matter he needs to attend to, according to a statement obtained by ESPN.

"The New England Patriots are big supporters of our military and America's veterans", said Trump, highlighting long snapper Joe Cardona, who serves in the Navy reserves.

Trump on Thursday will sign a directive asking for a speedy investigation into whether imports of foreign-made steel are hurting USA national security, two administration officials say.

While White House press secretary Sean Spicer was answering a question from a reporter, the football player poked his head around a corner to lend a hand. Some of them are openly political ― tight end Martellus Bennett, for example, is a vehement critic of President Trump, and running back LaGarratte Blount has told an interviewer he doesn't "feel welcome in that house".

Trump criticized "the good ole pundits" - "Boy, they're wrong a lot, aren't they?" he asked rhetorically - for believing the game was over, which is ironic considering he left his own Super Bowl party hosted at his own Florida golf club with the Falcons leading 28-3 in the third quarter.

Gisele Bundchen is rumored to have blocked husband Tom Brady's White House visit with President Donald Trump because of her personnel dislike for the commander in chief.

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