Members of the Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots are scheduled to visit President Trump Wednesday during the traditional visit to the White House.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski butted into the White House daily press briefing with Sean Spicer on Wednesday, proving once again he likes to ham it up for the cameras.
As we learned before the Super Bowl, Tom's mother, Galynn Brady, has been battling cancer over the a year ago, so many are anxious that the "personal family matter" he skipped White House event for has to do with her.
The five-time Super Bowl champion has referred to President Trump as a friend and has said that he's "always had a good time with him".
This year, several Patriots players said they would not be attending, some specifically citing Trump's comments and behavior as the reason why.
Trump went on to praise Patriots owner Robert Kraft for guiding the franchise to its fifth Super Bowl title since 2002.
The White House said it was notified that Brady was dealing with a "personal family matter" and will not attend the ceremony.
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They are the Hernandez death of apparent suicide and the Patriots' visit to the White House.
One player made an impromptu appearance at a White House press before the official ceremony. "We celebrate the Super Bowl champion Patriots -champions, period - and their historic win", Trump started.
The visit happened hours after a former Patriots star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez was found dead in prison after hanging himself with a bedsheet in his cell.
Whatever Brady was up to in 2015, few bought his stated reason for missing the visit.
Mr Spicer, who was clearly in shock at the National Football League star's sudden appearance, responded with: "I think I got this, but thank you".
Defensive back Devin McCourty said he wouldn't attend because he doesn't feel welcome at the White House.
Asked in February about his teammates' decision to snub Trump's invitation, Brady said "everybody has their own choice".
"When my son grows up and I believe the legacy of our president is going to be what it is, I don't want him to say, 'Hey Dad, why'd you go when you knew the right thing was to not go, '" Long says in the video.