Brady Not Concerned With Teammates Skipping White House Visit Because He Did It With Obama (Video)
Over the past week or so, six New England Patriots players have stated they won’t be attending any White House festivities if invited by President Donald Trump. Chris Long, Alan Branch, Martellus Bennett, LeGarrette Blount, Dont’a Hightower, and Devin McCourty have all said they won’t be attending with various reasons as to why.
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is not overly concerned about the amount of players who have declared publicly that they’ll skip the team’s upcoming visit to the White House.
On ‘PFT Live‘ on Tuesday, Brady explains why he isn’t bothered by it and why he did it when Obama was in office.
“Everybody has their own choice,” Brady said. “There’s certain years, like a couple years ago, I wanted to go and didn’t get the opportunity based on the schedule — we didn’t get told until I think like 10 days before we were going, and at that point I had something I’d been planning for months and couldn’t get there.”
Brady is referring to the team’s Super Bowl XLIX victory when he turned down a trip to Barack Obama’s White House.
“It really is a great experience,” Brady said of his visits to George W. Bush’s White House in the early 2000s. “Putting politics aside, it never was a political thing. At least, it never was to me. It meant you won a championship and you got to experience something cool with your team, with your teammates. Everyone has their own choice. It’s an offseason. These days are valuable for everybody. You only get so much time with your family and friends, and if people don’t want to go they don’t want to go and that’s their choice.”