Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

VERIFY: Did majority of the Patriots skip out on White House visit?

VERIFY: Did majority of the Patriots skip out on White House visit?

As for Brady, he said in a statement earlier in the day, "I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today".

"Patriots' turnout for President Obama in 2015 vs. Patriots' turnout for President Trump today", the tweet said. Brady notified the White House that he was dealing with a "personal family matter" and did not attend the ceremony. He said almost 50 players attended the event in 2015 when Obama hosted. One of Trump's signature "Make America Great Again" hats was spotted in Brady's locker in 2015.

"Facts: In 2015, over 40 football staff were on the stairs".

The president said Belichick actually wrote him a new letter which was even better than the first after he asked him if he could read it to the crowd.

The other six players not to attend avoided the ceremony predominately for reasons of political protest.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft, whose personal relationships with President Trump has been heavily reported on over the past year, were front and center as the President honored the Super Bowl LI Champs.

The Patriots said 34 players visited the White House this year.

Several notable players, including quarterback Tom Brady, skipped the event, with Trump fan Brady citing "some personal family matters".

"As a kid, you read about history, read about the White House, to actually go in and experience firsthand is something I hope everyone gets the opportunity to do", Mitchell said. As was the case in those years, the thinking was that the number of players present was reduced in part because for some who were invited the novelty of going to the White House wasn't the same as it was two years ago.

During the White House ceremony, Trump praised individual players and their overall performance at the Super Bowl, saying that "everybody played a role and everybody played as champions". "With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices, I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won't".

Hernandez played three seasons for the team before he was arrested and charged with murder in the 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee's sister.

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