Patriots' Gronkowski Interrupts White House Briefing

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One player who was notably absent was Tom Brady, the team's star quarterback and Trump's longtime friend.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski crashed Sean Spicer's White House press briefing on Wednesday, on the day that the Super Bowl champs were visiting the White House.

He jokingly asked Spicer whether he needed any help, drawing laughs.

That led to laughter from the press corps.

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The moment had the room full of media people laughing and Spicer even remarked the moment was "cool'".

A New England Patriots player who was born and raised in New Mexico was among those who skipped out on a White House meeting with President Donald Trump this week.

Other members of the Patriots organization supported Trump, including owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick. Running back LeGarrette Blount and safety Devin McCourty said they wouldn't make the visit because they didn't feel welcome in the White House.

But Brady said that due to some "recent developments", he is unable to attend because he is "attending to some personal family matters". You got to see this.

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

Tom Brady, who was expected to be with the team Wednesday, was also a late scratch. He did not provide further details, although the Boston Herald reported that he was spending time with his mother, who has been dealing with an illness for the past year.

While the football team was at the White House, President Donald Trump praised them, saying that "No team has been this good for this long" and compared their post- "Deflategate" Super Bowl win to his presidential election victory, according to The New York Times.

Spicer: "Maybe. All right, thanks man". And Alan Branch told The Boston Globe he wouldn't go because he was horrified by the Trump Access Hollywood tape, where he joked about sexual assault. But exactly how long has this tradition been around, how many teams have been invited and which ones actually attended? She cited two previous White House visits by the Patriots, in which 36 Patriots came to a 2004 visit and 27 Patriots players were on the 2005 trip.

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