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New England Patriots defend crowd attendance at Trump visit

21 April 2017, 04:58 | Erica Roy

New England Patriots defend crowd attendance at Trump visit

New England Patriots defend crowd attendance at Trump visit

President Donald Trump welcomed the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots to the White House Wednesday, along with his longtime friend and Patriots owner, Robert Kraft.

Quarterback Tom Brady, whom Trump has called a friend, was among the missing, citing "personal family matters".

At least six Patriots players boycotted the White House ceremony.

A team spokesman said the Patriots were aware of situation, but neither the team or Trump publicly addressed the news surrounding Hernandez. Brady has had some reported personal issues going on as of late.

The Patriots posted another photo to their Twitter account Wednesday showing Patriots staff and players who visited the White House Wednesday, among other personnel.

We didn't expect the question to come from New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski-but surprises are what life's about, aren't they? The team has not officially commented on this development.

"Thank you to the President for hosting this honorary celebration and for supporting our team for as long as I can remember", Tom Brady said in a statement.


Trump hosted the five-time champions on the South Lawn and declared that "no team has been good this long".

Both Belichick and Kraft are vocal supporters of Trump. He did not attend after the Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX, either, when President Obama was still in office.

The visit occurred the same day former player Aaron Hernandez was found dead inside his MA prison cell.

The 27-year-old cornerback Malcolm Butler, meanwhile, is heading back up to New England later this week after celebrating a family birthday.

One player made an impromptu appearance at a White House press before the official ceremony. Several players were asked about Hernandez's death after the White House ceremony, but they declined to answer.

The Patriots presented Trump with a helmet and a ceremonial jersey, No, 45 with his name imprinted on it. "I talked to my wife, and she said I can't talk about politics anymore.I think that's a good decision, maybe for our family", he said.

"I don't believe in excluding other people", free safety Devin McCourty explained in a video released at the end of last week.



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