New England Patriots Slam NYT For Tweet Over White House Team Photo

Tom Brady Cites 'Family Matters' for Not Visiting White House With Patriots, Shares Photo of His

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Brady (r., pictured in 2004) has said that he and Trump (l.) are longtime friends.

It was a love-fest on the South Lawn as President Trump took his first turn as the fan-in-chief as he hosted the New England Patriots at the White House on the occasion of their Super Bowl LI victory.

On Wednesday morning, Brady said a "personal family matters" would keep him from attending the ceremony. For instance, when the 1986 champion Chicago Bears were honored by President Barack Obama in 2011, former player Dan Hampton refused to attend because he opposed the Democrat's agenda.

So does that mean the entire team stayed home because they didn't want to visit with Trump? Turns out, like Brady, he wasn't there either.

The tweet has since been deleted but it was captured by numerous screengrabs.

The Patriots' ties to Trump are undeniable; owner Robert Kraft is a friend of the president and contributed significantly to his inauguration ceremony. There are 64 players listed on the Patriots' active team roster, though it's unclear how many were invited. His name wasn't even mentioned during the event. Could the president be that offended that the quarterback didn't come?! Then, as now, he cited family issues. You're going to the White House (two months from now and after you visit Disney)!

Galynn Brady, Tom's mother, has been battling cancer and is now in Boston which may be the reason for his inability to attend the event.

Whatever Brady was up to in 2015, few bought his stated reason for missing the visit. The Boston Herald reported that Brady was spending time with his mother, who is fighting cancer.

Brady and Amendola weren't the only notable player absent from the festivities Wednesday. "That's the beauty of what they do, they win as a team", said Trump, who compared the team's 25-point comeback against the Atlanta Falcons in February to his own political upset.

In the end, Brady was one of at least seven Patriots not on hand for the festivities, many of them openly admitting that their reasons were expressly related to politics. Blount said he didn't "feel welcome" at the White House. The outspoken Bennett had joked that he might move to outer space after Donald J. Trump was elected. "With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices, I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won't", he said.

"I've been in the NFL for a whole decade", Branch answered, "and played in college football all my life and you know, I've never heard anyone talk like that, so aggressively, and you know, disrespectfully about women, or towards women at all".

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