After the New England Patriots won Super Bowl Ll against the Atlanta Falcons, many insisted that they would not take part in the annual tradition of visiting the White House.
Tom Brady was in favor of attending the event and ‘putting politics aside’ since the White House visit is something very special to participate in with the team. He has also been assumed to be a Trump supporter, unlike many on his team.
However, Brady announced Wednesday morning that he will not be able to attend the White House visit due to personal reasons.
“Thank you to the president for hosting this honorary celebration and for supporting our team for as long as I can remember. In light of some recent development, I am unable to attend today’s ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters.”
The specific reason was not mentioned, but the public is aware of Brady’s mom currently battling cancer.
Unlike Brady, five out of the six other players skipping the visit aren’t attending because of their opinions regarding President Trump. Below is a breakdown of each player’s reasoning provided by Fox News:
1. Devin McCourty: Said he would not feel accepted at the White House.
2. Martellus Bennett: Supporter of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement and commented on the president's 'strong opinions and prejudices' in an interview.
3. Chris Long: Brought up concerns of his son not approving of the visit when he grows up.
4. LaGarrette Blount: Said he would not feel welcomed.
5. Alan Branch: Quoted, “I wouldn’t spend time away from my family to shake the hand of a guy I wouldn’t want to meet with or talk to.”
6. Don’t’a Hightower: He mentioned he had no interest in going since he has participated in this particular tradition before.
7. Tom Brady: Personal reasons.
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