Star QB Tom Brady to miss NFL champs' visit to White House

Ross Houston
April 19, 2017

President Donald Trump will be joined by some of his friends from the New England Patriots today when the Super Bowl winners visit the White House this afternoon, but one big name will be missing: Tom Brady.

In a statement released to reporters, Brady stated he was attending to "personal family matters".

Never mind that Brady is not visiting the White House in order to spend time with his mother, who is recovering from cancer treatments, and that Hernandez's death would have no bearing whatsoever on what Brady does or doesn't do. Our team has accomplished something very special that we are all proud of. He continued that he hopes to win another Super Bowl in the future so the team "will be back on the South Lawn again soon". Running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive end Chris Long, defensive tackle Alan Branch, linebacker Dont'a Hightower, tight end Martellus Bennett and safety Devin McCourty have all confirmed that they, too, will be skipping out on the ceremony.

Brady cited "personal family matters" as his reason for skipping the ceremony. "Have a great day!" "With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices, I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won't". He cited a "family commitment" at the time, but there was speculation he declined because of some unflattering comments a spokesman for President Barack Obama made about the "Deflategate" scandal. The QB was criticised in some quarters for supporting Trump, and eventually refused to answer questions about the president.

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots celebrates during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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