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

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

Though numerous Super Bowl champions also skipped the White House visit in past years (including Brady, who was not in attendance in 2015), the Patriots' earlier connections to Trump meant particular scrutiny this time around.

Elsewhere at the White House, the Patriots' Rob Gronkowski interrupted press secretary Sean Spicer's daily briefing with reporters, opening a door behind the spokesman to ask amid laughter: "You need some help?"

According to the team's photo in front of the White House, several more contributors also made a decision to stay home. Under Donald Trump's presidency, they are about to be the first championship team to make a visit at the White House.

Some of the athletes rejected the invitation for political reasons.

Brady is a personal friend of Trump's, and the president often cited the quarterback while out on the campaign trail previous year.

With the Patriots lined up behind him, Trump said: "No team has been this good for this long".

"In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today's ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters", Brady said in a statement provided to ESPN.

Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell said he was moved by the White House ceremony, saying it "almost brought me to tears".

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Defensive back Devin McCourty said he wouldn't attend because he doesn't feel welcome at the White House.

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

Hernandez played three seasons for the team before he was arrested and charged with murder in the 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee's sister.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft stands next to President Trump aboard Air Force One in Palm Beach, Fla., on March 19, 2017.

The president has a close friendship both team owner Robert Kraft and Belichick, referencing a letter of encouragement the coach wrote him before a crucial primary contest previous year.

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Brady's mother has also reportedly been suffering from health problems. "I'll see you in a minute". Earlier this week, McCourty and Chris Long appeared alongside Patriots fans in a video recounting the Super Bowl comeback and explaining their reasons for sitting out today's ceremony.

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