President Donald Trump welcomed the New England Patriots to the White House Wednesday afternoon, praising coach Bill Belichick and the team's owner Bob Kraft along with numerous players who were present.
Belichick indicated that this trip to the White House was even more special than his previous visits.
Tight end Martellus Bennett, who signed with the Green Bay Packers this offseason, was the first to say before the Super Bowl he would sit out any such celebration, citing his opposition to many of Trump's positions. He said a "family commitment" prevented him from attending the 2015 ceremony held by then-President Obama.
Might those personal family matters include showing solidarity with his wife?
Galynn Brady, his mother, has undergone chemotherapy for her battle with cancer, so his absence could be related to that.
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Only 34 New England Patriots players showed up to celebrate their Super Bowl championship on the south lawn of the White House on Wednesday.
The former New England Patriots player, who was serving a life sentence for murder, was found hanging in his cell by corrections officers. The team has not officially commented on this development.
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As the press laughed, Spicer told him, "I think I got this, but thank you". "In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn".
Both Belichick and Kraft are vocal supporters of Trump.
After all it may be understandable if the Patriots have not come to the fact that they won the Super Bowl this season. Kraft called the president "a very good friend of mine for over 25 years", and "as mentally tough and hard-working as anybody I know".
Kraft and Belichick presented Trump with a number 45 jersey and a Super Bowl LI helmet.
Trump's welcome to the team, scheduled for early afternoon, is coming hours after the news from MA prisons officials that ex-Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell.
One player made an impromptu appearance at a White House press before the official ceremony.