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Trump welcomes Patriots to White House; Brady no-shows

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"Basic reason for me is I don't feel accepted in the White House". Also, some of these ceremonies had only a small number of press photographers present or occurred a long time ago, so photos aren't available for every meet and greet. "Five Super Bowl victories since 2002, really unbelievable".

Per tradition, Super Bowl victors the New England Patriots visited the White House, meeting with and posting for a brief photo op with the president of the United States on Wednesday.

Trump commended Kraft for building a "culture dedicated to winning" and noted that "he started it with his coach", Belichick.

But Brady said that due to some "recent developments", he is unable to attend because he is "attending to some personal family matters".

This year half of the New England Patriots squad embarrassed the President by refusing to show up for this year's festivities because footballers, it turns out, have a social and political conscience as well!

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.

No lawmakers attended the White House event. While politics certainly played a role for some, others may have had a been-there-done-that attitude.

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Brady had a Make America Great Again hat in his locker for much of the 2016 season, and Trump's campaign garnered the support of both Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft.

"It's a distinct honor for us to celebrate what was unequivocally our sweetest championship with a very good friend and somebody whose mental toughness and strength are greatly admired", Kraft said.

The former National Football League star was serving a life sentence for murder.

"I think I got this, but thank you", Spicer replied, and Gronkowski asked "Are you sure?"

Patriots spokesman Stacey James said: "We are aware of the reports but I don't anticipate that we will be commenting today".

The tweet also came around the same time Brady said he would not be attending the White House ceremony, citing "personal family matters". That includes Brady in 2015.

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