Patriots Compare Comeback Super Bowl Win to Trump's Presidential Race

Candice Alexander
April 21, 2017

Trump also received a personalized No. 45 jersey and helmet from Kraft and Belichick, respectively. Patriots owner Robert Kraft is at right.

"No team has been this good for this long", Trump said during the ceremony on Wednesday.

Brady issued a statement Wednesday morning saying he is "unable to attend (Wednesday's) ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters".

The New England Patriots were at the White House to be honoured for their Super Bowl win.

And there was no media availability for any players or the Patriots owner at the end of the event, as Trump appeared to have tried to do the direct opposite of what Obama did.

Later, Trump welcomed the entire team on the South Lawn.

The Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime in February to be crowned National Football League champions. He did not attend after the Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX, either, when President Obama was still in office.

Kraft called it "a true honor" to be at the White House.

The president, who has spoken about his relationship with Brady in the past, did not mention him during his speech.

Both Belichick and Kraft are vocal supporters of Trump.

Star quarterback Tom Brady notified the White House that he was dealing with a "personal family matter" and would not attend the ceremony. Tight end Rob Gronkowski stuck his head in the door of the briefing room as Press Secretary Sean Spicer was holding a televised press briefing. "I think that's a good decision", he said.

Mr. Trump also thanked Coach Bill Belichick for a letter he wrote congratulating the president on his win in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, which Mr. Trump later read at a rally "in a very, very big and important state".

Is there beef between Donald Trump and Tom Brady after the former didn't show up to the Patriots' meeting at the White House on April 19?! 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. He was serving time in a maximum security prison for a 2015 murder conviction.

Be Civil - It's OK to have a difference in opinion but there's no need to be a jerk.

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