Malcolm Mitchell: President Trump's Shout-Out 'Almost Brought Me To Tears'
Apr 21 2017 by Larry Hoffman
The reigning Super Bowl champions New England Patriots visited President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday.
This time, however, the media focused a lot of attention on the players who refused to attend due to their dislike of President Trump.
The 27-year-old was no stranger to the White House, having visited former president Barack Obama after the Super Bowl XLIX win in 2015.
Though numerous Super Bowl champions also skipped the White House visit in past years (including Brady, who was not in attendance in 2015), the Patriots' earlier connections to Trump meant particular scrutiny this time around.
The Patriots clapped back on Twitter, saying the tweets lacked context.
Brady is a personal friend of Trump's, and the president often cited the quarterback while out on the campaign trail past year.
In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today's ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters.
"James said that one reason substantially fewer players showed up this time as compared to 2015 was that some veteran players did not see the need to go twice in three years", The New York Times reported.