The New England Patriots are visiting the White House on Wednesday in honor of their 2017 Super Bowl win, but the team with be without many of its star players including quarterback Tom Brady.
Several Patriots declined their White House invitation immediately following the Super Bowl win for political reasons. Devin McCourty, Martellus Bennett, Chris Long, Dont’a Hightower, LeGarrette Blount will all skip the visit because of Donald Trump and Alan Branch is skipping because of the Access Hollywood tape. Tom Brady is the latest Patriot to be added to the list.
Brady who previously showed support for Trump during his campaign and election released a statement regarding his absence.
“I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today,” Brady wrote. “Our team has accomplished something very special that we are all proud of and will be for years to come. 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 developments, I am unable to attend today’s ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters. Hopefully, if we accomplish the goal of winning a championship in future years, we will soon be back on the South Lawn again. Have a great day!”
Via CBS Sports:
It was reported during the week before the Super Bowl that Brady’s mom has been battling an illness for the last 18 months, which was revealed later to be cancer. Brady was emotional all week and got a surprise visit in Houston from his mother, who attended her first Patriots game of the season.
Brady said during a radio interview in February that his mother’s health had been improving.
“Mom’s doing better,” Brady said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston. “She’s been through a lot. My dad has been through a lot. It’s been a really hard year for them. Our prayers are with her. She’s the best mom in the world, so it was nice to win for her, nice for her to be there.”