Patriots hit back at New York Times over White House tweet

Lauren Perry
April 20, 2017

Only 34 New England Patriots players showed up to celebrate their Super Bowl championship on the south lawn of the White House on Wednesday.

Belichick indicated that this trip to the White House was even more special than his previous visits.

"I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today. In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today's ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters", Brady said. Brady did not elaborate on the family issue.

Alan Branch initially told reporters he would be staying to spend time with his family, but revealed to the Boston Globehe chose to stay because of sexist remarks made in the past by the president.

The announcement that Brady was not attending the event broke early Wednesday, and it definitely stirred up some surprise, considering the future Hall of Fame quarterback made headlines for his alleged support for Trump during the 2016 presidential race.

Skipping a team visit to the White House isn't new for athletes.

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"Almost brought me to tears", said Mitchell, 23, the 2016 fourth-round draft choice from Georgia.

As Spicer was addressing the assembled press, the tight end stuck his head into the briefing room and offered to help him out.

Trump went on to praise Patriots owner Robert Kraft for guiding the franchise to its fifth Super Bowl title since 2002. Spicer — an avid Patriots fan — responded "I think I got this".

At least seven players elected against attending the event, citing political and social causes as the reason they did not join teammates in the customary celebration.

Safety Devin McCourty, a team captain, told Time magazine: "Basic reason for me is I don't feel accepted in the White House". There are 64 players listed on the Patriots' active team roster, though it's unclear how many were invited.

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