BOSTON (CBS) — For the second time in three years, Tom Brady will not be going to the White House with his New England Patriots teammates.
The Patriots quarterback is again citing family matters as his reason for not attending Wednesday’s ceremonies:
“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 [be] back on the South Lawn again soon. Have a great day!”
Brady later posted a picture of his mother and father on his Instagram account, saying he was spending the day with them on their 48th wedding anniversary:
Many expected Brady to attend the Super Bowl LI champions visit to the Rose Garden, given his relationship with President Donald Trump.
Brady also skipped out on New England’s visit to the White House in 2015 following their Super Bowl XLIX victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche discusses the Patriots’ visit, and Brady’s decision, on Zolak & Bertrand: