Trump on Pats, 'No team has been good this long'


The New England Patriots veteran star quarterback Tom Brady is expected to be at the facility on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump is saluting the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots at the White House.

The 12-time Pro Bowler Tom Brady will also not attend Wednesday's call visit to the White House with the rest of the New England Patriots 2016 roster, the quarterback announced. Should the Patriots decline to match, the defending Super Bowl champion would receive a first-round pick compensation from Malcolm Butler's new team.

The celebration at the White House was tempered by the apparent suicide of former Patriot Aaron Hernandez in prison earlier Wednesday.

With Wednesday's ceremony a thing of the past, the Patriots will turn their attention toward a potential repeat in 2017 as they seek a return trip to the South Lawn of the White House this time next year. Trump frequently describes Brady as a friend.

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The tight end popped his head into the briefing room and jokingly asked Press Secretary Sean Spicer whether he needed any help, drawing laughs. "But thank you", Spicer responded.

But Brady said that due to some "recent developments", he is unable to attend because he is "attending to some personal family matters".

MA prison officials say former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez has hanged himself in his cell and has been pronounced dead at a hospital.

The former New England Patriots player, who was serving a life sentence for murder, was found hanging in his cell by corrections officers.

Jurors in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez have begun their sixth day of deliberations.