Some Patriots Players Skipping White House Visit

Some Patriots Players Skipping White House Visit

Despite Trump's claims at a New Hampshire rally that Brady said, "Donald, I support you, you're my friend and I voted for you", his wife Gisele Bündchen denied they supported the president.

The Wednesday's ceremony at White House in Washington is expected to go on as planned, despite the news that the former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez hung himself in prison.

Trump commented on the team's unbelievable comeback in the Super Bowl, stunning the world for pushing the game into overtime and winning the game despite a 25-point deficit in the second half.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick spoke after Trump, with each of them heaping praise on the president.

"It's 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", he said.

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Among those Patriots stars in attendance was Rob Gronkowski, who provided a light-hearted moment when he crashed press secretary Sean Spicer's briefing.

President Trump embraces New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft (r.) as the teams' wide reciever Julian Edelman (l.) looks on at the White House event. The champion quarterback decided not to attend the ceremony, citing family matters for his absence.

In the video, Gronkowski can be heard asking Spicer if he needs any help.

This isn't the first time the four-time Super Bowl MVP skipped a visit to the White House.

While Super Bowl champions have skipped the White House visit in recent years - including Brady, who cited scheduling conflicts in 2015 - all eyes were on the Patriots this year, who are in a particularity notable position because they have been linked to Trump in the past.

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"I am stunned - stunned - that they're going to go ahead with the ceremony today", Ley said on SportsCenter.

The New England Patriots are amongst several National Football League (NFL) teams kicking off the offseason training activities on Monday.

Spicer, who is an avid Patriots fan, took the interruption in stride by saying, "I think I got this, but thank you".

Blount-who is now an unsigned free agent-and McCourty both previously said in interviews they wouldn't take part in the festivities because they didn't feel welcome at the White House.

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