New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and six of his teammates will not attend a Wednesday White House visit celebrating the team’s Super Bowl victory. Brady cited “personal family matters” as his reason in not attending the event.
In a statement to ESPN reporter Mike Reiss, Brady explained that there were “recent developments” he had to take care of.
“I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today. Our team has accomplished something very special that we are all proud of and will be for years to come,” Brady said.
“In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today’s ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters.”
Tom Brady is not attending White House ceremony today due to “personal family matters.” His statement: pic.twitter.com/OIidVZX3VV
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) April 19, 2017
The Huffington Post reports:
The tradition of Super Bowl winners being feted at the White House became a controversial issue after the team’s February win. Patriots’ player Martellus Bennett rejected the invitation on political grounds, and others quickly followed suit. Devin McCourty told TIME magazine that he would not be attending the ceremony because he didn’t feel accepted.
“With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won’t,” McCourty told TIME.
However, Brady was scheduled to attend and reportedly was not part of the boycott.
Just hours earlier, news broke that Aaron Hernandez, a former tight end for the Patriots, who was imprisoned on a life sentence for murdering semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd, was found dead in his prison cell days after being acquitted of a separate double homicide charge.
According to reports, Tom Brady’s mother was diagnosed with cancer and attended just one game this season.
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