Patriots, Trump Slam NYT Over Tweet of Team Photos

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady left congratulates Aaron Hernandez after their AFC Championship NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Foxborough Mass

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady won't accompany his teammates to the White House Wednesday, where the Super Bowl champions are set to be honored by President Donald Trump.

"In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today's ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters", he continued.

In a recently released video by Patriots Devin McCourty and Chris Long, the players and lifelong Patriots fans explain the pride that they carry with the team and why they don't support President Trump and his administration. Brady did not elaborate on the family issue. According to the Boston Herald, Brady spent Wednesday with his mother, who has been dealing with an undisclosed illness for at least the past year, and happened to be in Boston.

And by "Trump's team", I mean the New England Patriots, whose owner, Robert Kraft, is a longtime Trump friend.

The president praised Kraft on Wednesday for "building such an outstanding organization" and for the prolonged success of the franchise.

Another tweet from the team included images that the Patriots said were a fair comparison by showing only the players and not the full staff. The team presented the president with a personalized “Trump” No. 45 jersey and a helmet from Februarys Super Bowl, the first such game to go to overtime.

Several members of the team will not attend the ceremony because of the man whose hand they would be shaking. Trump also cited a supportive letter he had received from Belichick.

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"I just felt like I had to say something just because I don't want my daughters to see me and be like, 'that's my dad and he doesn't believe in women being treated like this, ' because I don't".

In 2015, as soon as the event was over, "we left - that was it", James said.

"Whether you're trying to win a Super Bowl or rebuild our country, as Coach Belichick would say, 'There are no days off'".

One player made an impromptu appearance at a White House press before the official ceremony.

"Failing @nytimes, which has been calling me wrong for two years, just got caught in a big lie concerning New England Patriots visit to W.H.", Trump wrote.

The tight end popped his head into the briefing room and jokingly asked Press Secretary Sean Spicer whether he needed any help, drawing laughs.

HORSLEY: Instant replay would show that Trump actually lost New Hampshire, but he won the election and the White House, which is why he was there to celebrate today with the Patriots, another team that's persistent, polarizing and ultimately victorious.

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