Tom Brady, And Other Patriots Skip 'Super Bowl' White House Visit

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The team presented the president with a personalized "Trump" No. 45 jersey and a helmet from February's Super Bowl, the first such game to go to overtime.

It wasn't a lie - just a lack of perspective.

While some players stayed away in protest, the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on Wednesday made the traditional visit to the White House where team owner Robert Kraft lauded his longtime friend, President Donald Trump, and likened his long-shot victory to the Patriots' own. In fact, a quick scan of photos through the years suggests that the high attendance at the Obama White House in 2015 was an anomaly-which nonetheless can't be welcome news for Trump. Hopefully, if we accomplish the goal of winning a championship in the future years, we will back on the South Lawn again soon.

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"Every time we've had the privilege of going to the White House, a dozen of our players don't go", Kraft told the "Today" show.

Every year it's tradition for the Super Bowl champions (the National Football League winners) to spend a day at the White House, chilling with the President, taking selfies, getting a tour etc etc.

Super Bowl champion players often miss the annual White House victory visit due to scheduling conflicts.

One of those faces included the Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady.

Moments before the ceremony, Patriots star receiver Rob Gronkowski playfully interrupted the press briefing held by White House spokesman Sean Spicer.

Several players explicitly cited their opposition to Trump as their reason for not attending.

The visit came on the same day as the news that former Patriot's tight end and convicted murdered Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in prison Wednesday morning.

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The New York Times responded to the Patriots Wednesday on Twitter.

"It is a distinct honor for us to celebrate what was unequivocally our sweetest championship with a very good friend and somebody whose mental toughness and strength I greatly admire", Kraft said.

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