Thirty-four Patriots players reportedly visited Washington D.C. on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate their improbable Super Bowl comeback victory over the Falcons in overtime. Our team has accomplished something very special that we are all proud of and will be for years to come.
Tight end Martellus Bennett, who signed with the Green Bay Packers this offseason, was the first to say before the Super Bowl he would sit out any such celebration, citing his opposition to many of Trump's positions.
"In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today's ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters", he explained.
Just one day before the general election, Trump announced that Brady and Belichick supported his campaign - though Brady's wife Gisele Bundchen later denied that he was a supporter.
"Fact - In 2015, over 40 football staff were on the stairs".
Not mentioned by Trump were the many absent players. "In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn", the team's official account tweeted.
The projected range of attendees was thought to be somewhere between 27 (the number of players that showed up for the Patriots visit to the White House in 2005) and 36 (the number that showed up to the White House visit in 2004).
Trump has close ties to the Patriots, counting owner Bob Kraft and coach Bill Belichick as friends.
Star quarterback Tom Brady notified the White House that he was dealing with a "personal family matter" and would not attend the ceremony. Spicer - an avid Patriots fan - responded "I think I got this. You pulled off the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time", Trump said.
Defensive back Devin McCourty said he wouldn't attend because he doesn't feel welcome at the White House.
The team's White House visit capped a dramatic Super Bowl victory. You're going to the White House (two months from now and after you visit Disney)!
Of the 34 players who were present, only six had played with Hernandez and none of them spoke with reporters after the ceremony.