Tom Brady did not attend the Super Bowl ceremony.
The New England Patriots are visiting the White House today, but Tom Brady is not among those who made the trip. He’s not the only Patriot to announce that he won’t be attending the ceremony, and yet, his decision looks like it was not based on politics, like some of the other players.
Brady announced that he won’t attend the ceremony due to family matters.
Here’s the full statement from the Pats’ quarterback:
” 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 year s 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 the future years, we will [be] back on the South Lawn again soon. Have a great day!”
The statement comes courtesy of ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss:
Tom Brady is not attending White House ceremony today due to "personal family matters." His statement: pic.twitter.com/OIidVZX3VV
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) April 19, 2017
Brady’s mother has been battling cancer since before the Super Bowl, although it is unclear if that is the impetus behind Brady’s absence at the White House.