Today, New England Patriots – the Super Bowl champion paid a celebratory visit to the White House, a cheerful ritual interrupted by the prison suicide of ex teammate Aaron Hernandez.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 19, 2017
Star quarterback Tom Brady couldn’t attend the event, so he published a photo on Instagram, wishing the team a happy anniversary.
Trump welcomed the entire team just several hours after the news emerged that former Patriot Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in the prison. He played for the team from 2010 to 2012, and he was in prison because of a murder conviction. The 27-year-old player was free of innocence of a double murder.
According to a spokesman for the team, they knew about the shocking news of Hernandez, but they were not expected to give remarks.
The president has close relations with the team, as he e is good friends with owner Bob Kraft and coach Bill Belichick, and you could notice Trump’s mark “Make America Great Again” hats in Tom Brady’s locker in 2015.
Many of the team, including tight end Martellus Bennett explicitly said that they would not attend the event, some of them due to private issues, and some of them due to political ones.
Defensive back Devin McCourty told Time Magazine that “I don’t feel accepted in the White House. With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won’t.”
Ever since Ronald Reagan started this kind of events, players have been rejecting the invitations. In 2015, Brady cited a “family commitment,” but it was shortly revealed he rejected the invitation due to some remarks from the spokesman of Barack Obama about a “Deflategate” scandal.
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