Tom Brady skipping WH visit, citing 'family matters'

"These photos lack context".

Photos shot by Getty Images appear to show hundreds of additional spectators taking in Trump's congratulatory speech from the White House lawn, which provided the president with the ammunition he needed.

A handful of other Patriots players had already opted out of the trip, some citing political differences with Trump.

Though numerous Super Bowl champions also skipped the White House visit in past years (including Brady, who was not in attendance in 2015), the Patriots' earlier connections to Trump meant particular scrutiny this time around. The picture of the 2015 event includes members of the Patriots staff, who were not present in the 2017 picture shared by the NYT. Hopefully, if we accomplish the goal of winning a championship in the future years, we will back on the South Lawn again soon.

"Two years ago, the process was the players and coaches went down, and then the football staff filled in on the stairs", James told the Globe. "I've never heard anyone talk like that so aggressively and disrespectively towards women like that at all", Branch said, referring to a notable line uttered by Trump in an old recording of him and Billy Bush in a studio trailer. "We're just privileged to be in a position to be going".

Questions abound in aftermath of Aaron Hernandez's death
The officials are citing their ongoing investigation into the ex-NFL star's death, which was discovered early Wednesday morning. Hernandez's former agent, Brian Murphy , said on Twitter that he did not believe the athlete had killed himself.

Long, the son of NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long, announced his decision on Twitter, in response to an open letter from Chuck Modiano of the New York Daily News. "Saying you couldn't do it, the game was over, you pulled off the greatest Super Bowl come back of all time, one of the greatest come backs of all time, but the greatest Super Bowl come back of all time, and that was just special".

The rest of the media did everything they could to prevent Trump from scoring points, just like normal.

One player made an impromptu appearance at a White House news conference before the official ceremony. "Today, we had 34". Should politics be put aside for a White House honoring of a sports team?

On Thursday morning, the president took aim at the "failing" New York Times over the Patriots' photo, saying the newspaper had been caught "in a big lie". The two photos show the Patriots personnel with the president on the south side of the White House.

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