Patriots' Gronkowski Crashes Spicer's White House Press Briefing

20 April, 2017, 07:21 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • Tom Brady New England Patriots

It was unclear if the celebration with his parents was the reason Brady did not attend the Patriots' meeting with President Trump at the White House Wednesday.

Several notable players, including quarterback Tom Brady, skipped the event, with Trump fan Brady citing "some personal family matters". "Hopefully, if we accomplish the goal of winning a championship in the future years, we will (be) back on the South Lawn again soon".

"What a great day it is to be with all of our friends at the White House".

Gronk and 33 other Patriots players are at the White House to celebrate their win in Super Bowl 51 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Trump says "no team has been good this long". The team presented the president with a personalized "Trump" No. 45 jersey and a helmet from February's Super Bowl, the first such game to go to overtime.

As we learned before the Super Bowl, Tom's mother, Galynn Brady, has been battling cancer over the past year, so many are anxious that the "personal family matter" he skipped White House event for has to do with her.

Brady previously cited family obligations for missed a White House ceremony for the team with former President Barack Obama in 2015. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft, whose personal relationships with President Trump has been heavily reported on over the previous year, were front and center as the President honored the Super Bowl LI Champs.

"He said, 'If you want to say it, you can say it, '" Trump said.

Brady has never specifically stated openly if he supported Trump in the election, but Trump himself ousted Brady as a supporter past year. "I think that's a good decision", he said.

While he doesn't specify his reasons, many speculate that it's to spend time with his mother, who is in town and has been ill.

Mr. Trump also thanked Coach Bill Belichick for a letter he wrote congratulating the president on his win in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, which Mr. Trump later read at a rally "in a very, very big and important state". Devin McCourty, Alan Branch, Chris Long, Martellus Bennett and LeGarrette Blount all have been outspoken about the fact that they did not feel as though it was appropriate for them to take part in the festivities because of the man occupying the nation's highest office.

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