New England Patriots visit White House; Gronk crashes Sean Spicer briefing

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President Donald Trump welcomed the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots to the White House on Wednesday, describing their comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons as "legendary".

New England Patriots quarterback and white supremacist hero Tom Brady announced Wednesday morning that he wouldn't be attending the White House's Super Bowl victory party scheduled that afternoon because of "personal family matters." .

The Times - a publication Trump has attacked on numerous occasions - tweeted out a photo on Wednesday comparing the "turnout" the Pats had when they visited Barack Obama's White House in 2015 to Trump's White House this week.

"These photos lack context", the Patriots' official Twitter feed said. Two players were brought to speak to reporters after the White House ceremony, but both said they had not known Hernandez.

Other members of the Patriots had made it clear they will skip Wednesday's visit over disagreements with President Trump.

"With your backs against the wall and the pundits, good ole pundits, boy are they wrong a lot aren't they?" said Trump.

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"I don't feel accepted in the White House", McCourty said of his reason for boycotting the event.

Kraft in February complained about media attention to players' decisions to skip this year's celebration, saying it was the first time people cared.

Only half of the New England Patriot's 68 players showed up to a ceremonial speech in their honor at the White House today.

Trump has repeatedly touted his ties to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, though the MVP of Super Bowl LI dodged questions about their relationship in the lead-up to the game.

"He's becoming a pretty famous guy for winning, I'll tell you that", Trump said of Kraft, who was one of several National Football League team owners to donate $1 million to his inaugural committee. However players Devin McCourty, Martellus Bennett, Chris Long, Dont'a Hightower and LeGarrette Blount all chose to skip the South Lawn visit for political differences.