Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Tom Brady skipping WH visit, citing 'family matters'

Tom Brady skipping WH visit, citing 'family matters'

However, the decorated quarterback will not be visiting the White House with the rest of his team on Wednesday.

Brady said that he has "family matters" to attend to, according to a statement published by ESPN.

Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his MA prison cell Wednesday morning of an apparent suicide. The Boston Herald, citing sources close to the quarterback, reported that Brady is choosing to spend time Wednesday with her.

It's safe to say the Patriots wouldn't be celebrating on the South Lawn without Brady's Super Bowl heroics.

Team owner Bob Kraft is a longtime Trump friend. Brady has been questioned repeatedly about his ties to the businessman-turned-president since September 2015, when one of Donald Trump's signature "Make America Great Again" red hats was spotted in his locker.

Some Patriots players meant to skip the White House visit because they oppose Trump's presidency. Dont'a Hightower also won't attend, though he hasn't cited Trump as the reason for his absence.

The White House told Fox News it was aware ahead of time that Brady wouldn't be at the ceremony.

Meanwhile Trump, as a GOP presidential candidate, often claimed that he had both the support of Brady and Coach Bill Belichick.

Bennett was the first to reveal his plans to skip, announcing his decision to reporters following the Patriots' Super Bowl win.

McCourty and Long, who is now a free agent and won't be playing for the Patriots next season, released a joint video on social media called "Standing Pats" Friday elaborating on their decision to skip the visit. I would be really conflicted if I had a personal friend [that] ascended to be the President of the United States and I get an opportunity to go and to meet him in his new home.

"I don't feel accepted in the White House", said McCourty, who is also a team captain.

"I will not be going to the White House. I'll leave it at that", Blount said during an interview on the Rich Eisen Show.

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