The New England Patriots visited the White House today to meet the guy who ruined the XFL (Trump), but seven players skipped the field trip - most notably Tom Brady.
After taking pictures, the team rolled inside, where Gronkowski took a moment to interrupt press secretary Sean Spicer's briefing.
"Need some help?" Gronkowski, dressed in a suit and tie, playfully asked when he peered out from a corner of the room.
During the White House ceremony, Trump praised individual players and their overall performance at the Super Bowl, saying that "everybody played a role and everybody played as champions". But he didn't get a Super Bowl ring, which means Russian president Vladimir Putin - who reportedly stole Kraft's Super Bowl XXXIX ring worth $25,000 - has more rings than Trump.
Other members of the Patriots had made it clear they will skip Wednesday's visit over disagreements with President Trump.
"When my son grows up - and I believe the legacy of our president is going to be what it is - I don't want him to say, 'Hey dad, why'd you go when you knew the right thing was to not go, '" Long says in the video. Quarterback Tom Brady did not attend the ceremony, releasing a statement earlier on Wednesday citing "recent developments" and "personal family matters" for the reason for his absence.
The New England Patriots' much anticipated visit to the White House was met with a lot of scrutiny, but in the end, they were the ones slamming reports that suggested their turnout was drastically smaller than previous years.
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On Wednesday morning, Hernandez was found dead of apparent suicide in his cell at a maximum-security prison in MA. Hernandez was serving life in prison for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.
The New England Patriots learned of former tight end Aaron Hernandez's apparent suicide as they prepared to go to the White House to celebrate their fifth Super Bowl title.
In all, 34 players were present for the afternoon ceremony on the South Lawn, a total similar to the team's past visits in 2004 and 2005 but noticeably fewer than in 2002 and 2015.
No lawmakers attended the White House event.
It started in front of the White House, where the bulk of the team, its coaches, and owner Robert Kraft took photos with their five Vince Lombardi trophies.