At the last moment, New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, announced at the last minute on Wednesday that he was not going to attend his team’s Super Bowl victory celebration at the White House.
Some of Brady’s teammates previously announced they would not join the team at the White House to protest against President Donald Trump. Although Brady’s presence does not seem to be a show of solidarity.
The quarterback, whom President Trump calls his good “friend,” released a statement on Wednesday explaining his decision:
“I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today. Our team has accomplished something very special that we are all proud of and will be for years to come. Thank you to the President for hosting this honorary celebration and for supporting our team for as long as I can remember.
In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today’s ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters. Hopefully, if we accomplish the goal of winning a championship in future years, we will be back on the South Lawn again soon. Have a great day!”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 19, 2017
He didn’t offer any other details about his personal family matters.
Brady found himself in the center of the Trump controversy when a “Make America Great Again” he was found in his locker. Despite pressure throughout the 2016 campaign, Brady never bashed Trump or attempted to separate himself from him. Instead, he mostly dismissed reporters’ political questioning and focused on football.