On Wednesday, President Donald Trump spoke about the big plays of Super Bowl LI that helped the New England Patriots to victory. The team had joined him on the south lawn to celebrate their victory but not everyone from the team was present.
Trump spoke often about the big plays, but there were a few things he omitted including the fact he did not mention all the players who did not attend the celebration on Wednesday.
That list included New England’s star quarterback Tom Brady who is not only the team’s most important player but was the MVP of the game they were celebrating on the White House lawn.
Brady was one of the eight players who did not attend the White House event, seven of whom were ignored by Trump.
Prior to the celebratory event, news came from Massachusetts that former star tight end with New England Aaron Hernandez had hanged himself in his prison cell early Wednesday morning.
He was serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for the murder of a former friend Odin Lloyd.
Neither the White House nor the Patriots commented on Hernandez’s death. Just last Friday, Hernandez was acquitted in a separate double-murder case.
Brady, who played with Hernandez, announced on Wednesday morning that he would not attend the White House function.
The Patriots star quarterback posted that family matters prevented him from attending. Later in the day, he posted a photo from the wedding of his parents, mentioning that his parents had been together for 48 years.
Brady’s mother has been battling cancer and that may have been the family matters he had to attend to.
Regardless of why Brady did not attend, he was not amongst those mentioned by Trump as being the most important in the Super Bowl win last February.
Another six were not mentioned. The six had announced previously they would not attend and they included Devin McCourty, LeGarrette Blount, Chris Long, Martellus Bennett, Dont’a Hightower and Alan Branch. In addition, Danny Amendola did not attend.
In all, the White House invited 68 players to the event and 34 of them attended. In 2005 when the team visited the White House 27 players were in attendance, while in 2004 there were 36 players who attended.
The omission of Brady was the most notable absence and he was not mentioned by Trump, coach Bill Belichick or team owner Robert Kraft. Belichick and Kraft are known to be friends of the president.