Tom Brady Shares Why He's Missing White House Visit
Apr 20 2017
The visit came on the same day as the news that former Patriot's tight end and convicted murdered Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in prison Wednesday morning.
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.
"I think I got this, but thank you", Spicer responded. I'd rather you not.
This isn't the first time the four-time Super Bowl MVP skipped a visit to the White House.
"The Patriots are an incredible organization and this Super Bowl victory was a complete team effort", Trump said, praising the leadership of Coach Bill Belichick and the team's owner Robert Kraft.
Seven members of the team did not attend the White House event, including some who said they were skipping it for political reasons.
"It's a distinct honor for us to celebrate what was unequivocally our sweetest championship with a very good friend and somebody whose mental toughness and strength are greatly admired", Kraft said.
"In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today's ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters", he explained.
After winning the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots were invited to visit President Donald Trump on Wednesday, but the team's quarterback announced in a statement that he wouldn't be able to make it.
Much has been made of Brady's refusal to either publicly endorse or publicly denounce his "good friend" Donald Trump. When you're congratulating a team for pulling off the greatest comeback win in Super Bowl history, you nearly have to go out of your way not to mention the man who threw for 466 yards, three touchdowns and eventually won the game's MVP award.
"Whether trying to win a Super Bowl or rebuilding our country there are no days off", Trump said.
Kraft presented Trump with a personalized jersey and Belichick gave Trump a personalized helmet. They included running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive end Chris Long, defensive tackle Alan Branch, linebacker Dont'a Hightower, tight end Martellus Bennett, and safety Devin McCourty.
The Patriots, he said, "delivered iconic American sports moments that will last forever" in their comeback from 25 points down to win 34-28 in overtime.