New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will not be attending Wednesday's celebratory White House visit, he announced this morning in a statement. Brady cited "personal family matters" as for why he would be skipping the event, and said that he was very appreciative of President Trump's support of the team. He also said that he hoped that the Patriots would be back on the South Lawn in the near future.
"I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today. Our team has accomplished something very special that we are all proud of and will be for years to come. Thank you to the President for hosting this honorary celebration and for supporting our team for as long as I can remember. In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today's ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters. Hopefully, if we accomplish the goal of winning a championship in the future years, we will back on the South Lawn again soon. Have a great day!"
According to a Boston Herald reporter, Brady will be spending the day with his mother, Galynn. Brady's mother has been battling cancer for the past year and a half and was only barely cleared by doctors to attend the Super Bowl.
Still, this hasn't stopped people from taking cheap shots at both the team and at Brady over politics:
imagine being the white house staffer who gets to tell trump tom brady's not coming.— Jason Gay (@jasongay) April 19, 2017
If you haven't had enough Patriots jaw-droppers for one day, Tom Brady will not visit White House w/team today. Says it's a "family matter"— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) April 19, 2017
But ya know what's not speculation? Trump - the star f**ker of all star f**kers will be devastated by this news. Brady was his last A-lister— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) April 19, 2017
Standby for "Where's Tom Brady. I love Tom Brady. He spoke at the convention. In fact he nominated me. Tom! Where's My QB...Huh? What?" https://t.co/EYb8G3RLFT— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) April 19, 2017
The SS Tom Brady isn't sailing toward WH after all. Even he has better things to do than hang out with an FBI treason suspect.#morningjoe— UNITE & FIGHT (@stopthenutjob) April 19, 2017