Tom Brady, And Other Patriots Skip 'Super Bowl' White House Visit


Patriots' tight end Rob Gronkowski hilariously interrupted an official White House press briefing facilitated by press secretary Sean Spicer.

"Need some help", Gronkowski asked to a chorus of laughter.

"They've won more division titles, conference championships, and Super Bowl wins than any other team".

"Whether trying to win a Super Bowl or rebuilding our country there are no days off", Trump said.

One player who was notably absent was Tom Brady, the team's star quarterback and Trump's longtime friend.

Kraft presented Trump with a personalized jersey and Belichick gave Trump a personalized helmet.

This year, several Patriots players said they would not be attending, some specifically citing Trump's comments and behavior as the reason why. "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 I greatly admire". Thank you to the President for hosting this honorary celebration and for supporting our team for as long as I can remember.

"I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today".

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But Brady's absence is particularly notable given the close relationship he has with Trump.

When the New England Patriots visited the White House Wednesday to commemorate their epic 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, not everyone was on their best behavior.

The six-time champion Patriots continued an annual tradition with their presidential visit, which was the first under the Trump administration.

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Running Back LeGarrette Blount in a radio interview on "The Rich Eisen Show", said, "I just don't feel welcome in that house".

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

Players have turned down White House invites ever since such events began to take off under President Ronald Reagan.