Only half of the New England Patriot's 68 players showed up to a ceremonial speech in their honor at the White House today.
"Sean, need some help?" asked Gronkowski, which elicited laughter from the audience.
The famously gregarious footballer was at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Wednesday for the customary visit to celebrate his team winning the Super Bowl over the Atlanta Falcons in February.
Kraft compared the comeback and long odds to Trump's campaign for the presidency, saying in the primaries Trump "faced odds nearly as long as we faced in the fourth quarter".
The President, who identifies as a friend and fan of Brady's, also has ties to Patriots owner Bob Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick. The high-profile player - who is married to Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen - said he had "personal family matters" to attend to.
"As a kid, you read about history, read about the White House, to actually go in and experience firsthand is something I hope everyone gets the opportunity to do", Mitchell said.
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He said he talked with Miles after the game and chided him about what to do during situations like the one against the Cavs. They have 3 of the most prolific offensive players in the league. "They're still going to do what they do".
The visit to the White House is customary for the team that wins the Super Bowl, but not all players are expected to attend, with some specifically avoiding the event because of Trump, including Alan Branch, who spoke with the Boston Globe this week. One of Trump's signature "Make America Great Again" hats was spotted in Brady's locker in 2015.
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Defensive back Devin McCourty said he wouldn't attend because he doesn't feel welcome at the White House.
Players have turned down White House invites ever since such events began to take off under President Ronald Reagan. He cited a "family commitment" at the time, but there was speculation he declined because of some unflattering comments a spokesman for President Barack Obama made about the "Deflategate" scandal.