"The game was over'". "As a team, the opportunity and privilege of coming to the White House is one of the great things about winning the Super Bowl".
President Donald Trump is saluting the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots at the White House.
It was a odd moment in a highly unusual day surrounding the NFL's most successful franchise.
Brady's statement made no mention of Hernandez, but said: "In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today's ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters".
Earlier this morning, Rob Gronkowski, colloquially known as "Gronk", interupted White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's daily briefing, asking if he needed "some help" fielding questions from the press corps.
While the day was created to be festive, the Patriots were left to deal with the news that former tight end Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in a prison cell hours before the White House visit, according to MA prison officials.
Hernandez was serving a life sentence for murder but was recently acquitted on separate double murder charges.
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The New England Patriots veteran star quarterback Tom Brady is expected to be at the facility on Tuesday. 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. If you're thinking that maybe Trump just chose to not mention any of the players who skipped out on the White House visit, that doesn't seem to be the case because Danny Amendola - who wasn't in attendance - got a shout-out during the speech. McCourty and Blount both cited political reasons, as did former Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett (now with the Green Bay Packers) and defensive end Chris Long (now on the Philadelphia Eagles).
He did call out receiver Danny Amendola and looked for him amongst the players, even though Amendola was absent.
Devin McCourty, a team captain, agreed, telling Time magazine: "Basic reason for me is I don't feel accepted in the White House". Patriots owner Robert Kraft flew on Air Force One with Trump on Sunday and has said the two have been close since his wife Myra died of cancer in 2011.
Thirty four members of the Patriots squad were absent from the visit, while 34 attended the ceremony. That compares to 36 Patriots players who went to the White House in 2004 and the 27 who attended in 2005.
Six other Patriots also didn't attend the event.
In remarks Wednesday, Kraft discussed what 2016 meant to him and how this was the Patriots' "sweetest championship".