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Star QB Tom Brady to miss NFL champs' visit to White House

Tom Brady Star QB Tom Brady to miss NFL champs' visit to White House
Theresa Hayes | 20 April, 2017, 07:13

Casting a pall over the ceremony was the news about Hernandez, who hanged himself in a prison cell hours before the White House visit, according to MA prison officials.

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. He had a personal family matter to attend to, he told ESPN's Mike Reiss.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In photos posted to social media Wednesday, the New England Patriots' turnout at the White House this year seemed to be noticeably smaller than in 2015, when the team last visited the executive residence. "Hopefully, if we accomplish the goal of winning a championship in the future years, we will back on the South Lawn again soon", Brady said.

"What a great day it is to be with all of our friends at the White House".

Kraft said it was an honor to celebrate what he described as "their sweetest victory" with a good friend like Trump. Brady did the same two years ago when the Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl and Barack Obama was in office. Earlier this month he jumped into the ring at Wrestlemania and had Brady's jersey with him at the Boston Red Sox opening day game.

The New England Patriot's Rob Gronkowski paid a surprise visit to the White House briefing room during Wednesday's televised briefing. 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. Receivers Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman, defensive end Trey Flowers, offensive lineman Marcus Cannon and core special-teams players Matthew Slater and Nate Ebner also were referenced by Trump.

Patriots owner Robert K. Kraft contributed $1 million to Trump's inauguration, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

The president borrowed a line from Patriots' head coach Bill Belichick to compare the heavy lifting he's trying to do as president to that of winning a Super Bowl.

Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, denied that either of them were Trump supporters.