Super Bowl winning star will not make traditional trip to see President
SUPER BOWL winning quarterback Tom Brady SNUBBED the traditional visit to the White House with his New England Patriots team-mates.
The 39-year-old star said he couldn’t make the trip because he is “attending to some personal family matters.”
At least six other members of the team have also announced they will not attend – with some explicitly citing politics as the reason.
Brady did not attend the White House the last time the Patriots won the Super Bowl, in 2015 while Barcak Obama was still President.
In a statement, Brady said: “I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored [sic] at the White House today.
“Our team has accomplished something very special that we are all proud of and will be for years to come.
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“Thank you to the President for hosting this honorary [sic] celebration and for supporting our team for as long as I can remember.
“In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today’s ceremony, as I am attending to 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.
“Have a great day!”
Fellow Patriots LeGarrette Blount, Chris Long, Alan Branch, Dont’a Hightower, Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty have also said they will not be at the ceremony.
Running back Blount said: “I just don’t feel welcome in that house” and McCourty echoed those sentiments adding “I don’t feel accepted in the White House.”
In the run up to the Presidential election, Donald Trump claimed he had the support of Brady and head coach Bill Belichick.
Brady had a ‘Make America Great Again’ cap in his locker – although never publicly endorsed him.
Trump even quoted Brady saying: “Donald, I support you, you’re my friend and I voted for you.”
Brady’s supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen later denied they were trump supporters.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft contributed $1million to Trump’s inauguration festivities.