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Brady will not attend White House ceremony

Cites personal family matters

David Tanklefsky
April 19, 2017 - 11:46 am

Close to three dozen New England Patriots players will visit the White House today to celebrate their Super Bowl LI victory. The winningest quarterback of all-time will not be one of them.

Tom Brady says he will not be joining his teammates in Washington as he attends to "personal family matters," according to a statement from Brady tweeted out by ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss.

"Thank you to the President for hosting this honorary celebration and for supporting our team for as long as I can remember," Brady wrote.

Brady didn't specify what the family matters were, but his mother Galynn has been sick with an undisclosed illness. Brady spoke it after his Super Bowl victory, saying she hadn't been able to attend a game all year because of her illness but did get to Houston for the Super Bowl. 

At least five players, including safety Devin McCourty and defensive end Chris Long, have said they will not attend because of disagreements with President Trump. 

Coach Bill Belichick, owner Robert Kraft and Brady all supported the president in some capacity during the 2016 campaign, though none ever gave a full-throated endorsement. Earlier this year, Kraft told the New York Daily News, Trump was a longtime friend who had often reached out to him after Kraft's wife Myra died in 2011.

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