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The Super Bowl champions are visiting the White House to accept congratulations from President Donald Trump for another National Football League title.

Seven members of the team did not attend the White House event, including some who said they were skipping it for political reasons.

Of the 34 players who were present, only six had played with Hernandez and none of them spoke with reporters after the ceremony.

Brady also skipped the Patriots 2015 White House visit.

Moments before the ceremony, Patriots star receiver Rob Gronkowski playfully interrupted the press briefing held by White House spokesman Sean Spicer.

"Here's what gripes me ― the scrutiny with which the visit to the White House has been handled by the press", James said. He also thanks Donald Trump for hosting the team at this annual celebration and for supporting the team for so long. It was reported during the week before the Super Bowl that his mother had been battling illness, which was later revealed to be cancer, for at least 18 months.

"Need some help", Gronkowski asked to a chorus of laughter. One of Trump's signature "Make America Great Again" hats was spotted in Brady's locker in 2015.

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Trump's welcome to the team was coming hours after the news from MA prisons officials that ex-Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell.

However, six of his teammates have publicly said they will not attend the event due to their opposition to Trump: tight end Martellus Bennet, safety Devin McCourty, linebacker Dont'a Hightower, running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive tackle Alan Branch, and defensive end Chris Long. Days ago, the 27-year-old former tight end was acquitted of a double murder.

"What a great day it is to be with all of our friends at the White House".

"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.

Trump's welcome to the team was coming hours after the news from MA prisons officials that ex-Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell.

During the South Lawn ceremony, Trump recounted reading a supportive letter from Belichick on the eve of the election, while Kraft saluted the president as a friend for decades.

"I don't believe in excluding other people", free safety Devin McCourty explained in a video released at the end of last week.

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