Super Bowl champion New England Patriots visit Trump at White House

Gwen Vasquez
April 20, 2017

President Donald Trump welcomed the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots to the White House Wednesday, along with his longtime friend and Patriots owner, Robert Kraft. But Brady also declined to attend 2015.

Also not in the photo above are Brandon Bolden, Dion Lewis, James White, Danny Amendola, Michael Floyd, Vincent Valentine, Barkevious Mingo, Malcolm Butler, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, Logan Ryan, Cyrus Jones, Ryan Allen, Jonathan Freeny, Tre' Jackson, Greg Scruggs, Chris Barker, Tyler Gaffney, Woodrow Hamilton, and Devin Lucien, according to a countby the Providence Journal's Mark Daniels.

Hours later, she deleted the tweet.

Trump has particularly close ties to the Patriots, counting owner Bob Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick as friends.

"In that same year, a very good friend of mine for over 25 years, a man who is mentally tough and hardworking as anybody I know launched a campaign for the presidency against 16 career politicians facing odds nearly as long as we faced in the fourth quarter", he said.

"I've know him for a long time and he always gives me a call on different types of motivational speeches at different times", Brady said. In 2015, the quarterback missed the team's ceremony with President Obama. At the time, some speculated that Brady was angry at the White House for razzing him over Deflategate.

Brady was a late absentee from the visit.

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But let's play cynic here for a second and assume that Brady is using "family matters" as cover to skip the White House. One possible explanation is that he's protecting his brand.

Trump mentioned eight players specifically, starting with third-year long-snapper Joe Cardona of Navy.

The Patriots were at the White House on Wednesday to celebrate their Super Bowl LI win over the Atlanta Falcons with President Donald Trump.

That's nearly certainly true, but it also doesn't change the fact that Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty, Legarrette Blount, Alan Branch, and a whole bunch of other players weren't there. Blount said he didn't "feel welcome" at the White House.

Bennett is an outspoken supporter of the "Black Lives Matter" movement and has used his social media platforms to criticize Trump and speak out on social issues. "You pulled off the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time".

"As a kid, you read about history, read about the White House, to actually go in and experience firsthand is something I hope everyone gets the opportunity to do", Mitchell said.

"I don't believe in excluding other people", McCourty adds.

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