Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

NFL champs to visit Trump hours after ex-player's death

NFL champs to visit Trump hours after ex-player's death

"I think I got this, but thank you".

Quarterback Tom Brady is not accompanying his team on their visit to the White House Wednesday afternoon due to "personal family matters", according to ESPN reporter Mike Reiss. "Have a great day!"

Brady did not provide further details as to why he was not attending. She is now in Boston.

The White House celebrations were overshadowed by the suicide of the Patriots former star Aaron Hernandez, who hanged himself on Wednesday in a prison cell where he was serving a life sentence for murder, prison officials said.

The Patriots declined further comment.

Some of Brady's teammates don't share that view.

Some cited an antipathy to Trump as their reason.

Whenever a major sports team wins a championship, they are invited to White House to meet the President.

Sources tell Reuters a Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 US presidential election to Trump and undermine voters' faith in the American electoral system.

Trump has repeatedly spoken and tweeted about his fandom of the Patriots and his friendship with Brady and Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a known Trump supporter. Gisele Bundchen said in a February Instagram post that she and her husband don't back Trump.

While Brady never went on record about who he voted for, there's little question his super-model wife had his ear in the days leading up to his New England Patriots' scheduled White House appearance.

He called the Patriots' 34-28 overtime triumph "the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time".

Both Bennett and McCourty last fall raised their fists in protest during the national anthem for one game.

More than two dozen Patriots skipped the ceremony.

As has always been noted, the Patriots are known for their close association to Trump. "So I don't, me personally, I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything". "I'll leave it at that". During that ceremony, President Barack Obama noted Brady's absence during his opening remarks, acknowledging that a prior family commitment kept him away.

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