Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Life&Culture | By Ted Wilson

Trump on Pats, 'No team has been good this long'

When Obama was in the White House, he spoke nearly as a fan would about whatever team was being honored that day. The Patriots' 2002 visit with Bush, after the team's first Super Bowl championship, drew "50-plus" players.

According to Brady, he is unable to attend the ceremony due to some personal family matters, and if they're invited to visit the South Lawn again, he will certainly attend. Wide receiver Danny Amendola also skipped the visit, thanking Trump "for the shout out" and saying he had a funeral to attend.

The White House celebrations were overshadowed by the suicide of the Patriots former star Aaron Hernandez, who hanged himself on Wednesday in a prison cell where he was serving a life sentence for murder, prison officials said.

A team spokesman said the Patriots were aware of the reports of Hernandez's death but the club wasn't expected to comment.

Eli Rosenberg will be covering the visit live, and the ceremony will be livestreamed by and here beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Trump has particularly close ties to the Patriots, counting owner Bob Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick as friends.

Earlier Wednesday, Patriots tight-end Rob Gronkowski made a brief cameo appearance during the daily White House press briefing to jokingly offer assistance to Press Secretary Sean Spicer, a die-hard Patriots fan.

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Trump regularly mentioned Brady during the presidential campaign, even telling reporters from The Washington Post in March 2016 that Brady "loves me".

While several high-profile members of the team, including quarterback Tom Brady, were not in attendance, the day was still worth watching.

Trump then jumped into the story of how Belichick wrote him an encouraging letter during the contentious presidential election. That list of players include Devin McCourty, LeGarrette Blount, Alan Branch, Dont'a Hightower, Chris Long and Martellus Bennett.

Mr Spicer, who was clearly in shock at the National Football League star's sudden appearance, responded with: "I think I got this, but thank you".

Kraft presented Trump with a personalized jersey and Belichick gave Trump a personalized helmet.

Maybe this is a slight, or maybe Trump just forgot about Brady's record breaking 466 passing yards and 43 completions that lead the Patriots to their fifth Super Bowl victory. "I think that's a good decision", he said. People know how I feel about it.

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