Trump draws parallels between Patriots and his White House win
20 April, 2017, 06:21 | Author: Jonathon Greene
He did not get to play in Super Bowl 51.
"You had the best record in football with 14 wins and two losses and that didn't happen by accident", President Donald Trump told the team gathered behind him on the south side of the White House.
The Patriots rallied from 25 points down to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in February.
Before the Super Bowl, Trump was constantly singing Tom's praises, so it's definitely telling that he wouldn't mention him during an event honoring the team.
"In that same year, a very good friend of mine for over 25 years, a man who is mentally tough and hardworking as anybody I know launched a campaign for the presidency against 16 career politicians facing odds nearly as long as we faced in the fourth quarter", he said. Tom has previously called Trump a "good friend," but was recently publicly scrutinized for showing support for the 70-year-old in the 2016 election.
If Trump did snub Brady on goal, it's possible that the president was slightly upset at Brady's decision not to attend the White House ceremony.
"I think we'll see what pans out in the negotiation", he started answering before Gronkowski poked his head in the door.
"I said, 'Coach do you mind if I read the letter tonight to a stadium full of people in an important state.' He said, 'You know what I'd rather not have you do that".
Earlier Wednesday, Patriots tight-end Rob Gronkowski made a brief cameo appearance during the daily White House press briefing to jokingly offer assistance to Press Secretary Sean Spicer, a die-hard Patriots fan. Just hours before the event on Wednesday, Brady announced that he wouldn't be going to the White House due to a "family matter".
Trump's welcome to the team was coming hours after the news from MA prisons officials that ex-Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell.
Hernandez was serving a life sentence for murder but was recently acquitted on separate double murder charges.