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

While the bulk of his team is set to attend a White House celebration Wednesday, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has backed out.

This year? It's because of "personal family matters."

Trump's welcome to the team was coming hours after the news from MA prisons officials that ex-Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell.

Brady also did not participate two years ago when the team met with then-President Barack Obama at the White House to celebrate its Super Bowl 49 win.

The team received criticism before and after their from behind Super Bowl win for being Trump's team, since the president has been a longtime fan and friend of the team.

Brady isn't the only member of the championship team who won't gather in the Rose Garden to raise the Vince Lombardi Trophy with Trump: Six other Patriots have said they will skip the president's football party at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, expressing reservations about visiting the sitting commander in chief, whose policy decisions and personal conduct have led to low approval ratings in polls. Our team has accomplished something very special that we are all proud of.

Brady also didn't attend the Patriots' last visit to the White House in 2015 due to family commitments.

Brady is a personal friend of Trump's, and the president often cited the quarterback while out on the campaign trail a year ago.

Defensive back Devin McCourty told Time Magazine that "I don't feel accepted in the White House". In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today's ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters. "Have a great day!" Several players explicitly cited their opposition to Trump as their reason for not attending.

In defense of the author, the actual story doesn't make the same insinuation, instead referencing Brady's statement as his reason for declining to visit President Donald Trump.

  • Julie Sanders