Patriots hit back at New York Times over White House tweet

Patriots hit back at New York Times over White House tweet

Star quarterback Tom Brady did not join his New England Patriots teammates when the Super Bowl champions visited the White House on Wednesday to accept congratulations from President Donald Trump for another National Football League title. Brady's reason is different, personal family matters.

"No team has been this good for this long", Trump said during the ceremony on Wednesday.

On Wednesday morning, Brady posted on his Facebook page that he was spending time with family.

According to a tweet from the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe, Brady's mother has been battling cancer since before the Super Bowl, and the star QB will be spending time with her. In fact, a quick scan of photos through the years suggests that the high attendance at the Obama White House in 2015 was an anomaly-which nonetheless can't be welcome news for Trump.

Kraft compared the comeback and long odds to Trump's campaign for the presidency, saying in the primaries Trump "faced odds nearly as long as we faced in the fourth quarter".

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski crashed Spicer's White House press briefing on Wednesday. The team has not officially commented on this development.

Trump worked some politics in, too, when he explained more about the election eve letter he read from Bill Belichick to a New Hampshire crowd last November.

To be fair, when teams win championships as often as the Patriots, a trip to the White House might not have the same distinction as it would otherwise. He opened a door behind the press secretary and asked, "Sean, need some help?"

Spicer, who is an avid Patriots fan, took the interruption in stride by saying, "I think I got this, but thank you".

Trump also received a personalized No. 45 jersey and helmet from Kraft and Belichick, respectively.

The former New England Patriots player, who was serving a life sentence for murder, was found hanging in his cell by corrections officers. Running back LeGarrette Blount and safety Devin McCourty said they wouldn't make the visit because they didn't feel welcome in the White House.

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