Brady's decision not to visit the White House comes on the same day former teammate and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez was found dead after an apparent suicide in his prison cell.
The New England Patriots visited the White House on Wednesday for the customary celebratory visit with the president bestowed upon championship-winning teams.
Despite the very obvious photo evidence showing a smaller crowd for Trump than Obama had, let's not be the least bit surprised when Trump inevitably claims this was the largest gathering of New England Patriots at the White House in history.
Even before the Patriots responded, there was a big problem with the comparison.
The Patriots won the Super Bowl two years ago in 2015, and pretty much everyone showed up to hang with Obama - but as this photo shows, in 2017...not so much. He credited Kraft and Belichick for fostering the team's performance to have it snatch not only the most recent title but five National Football League championships since 2002. The number of players not attending because of the president, and vocally doing so, is unprecedented.
Not all the team members were on hand to accept personal congratulations from President Donald Trump. Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady is also friendly with the president but didn't attend the ceremony, citing personal matters with his family.
It said, "I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today". But the team said the overall delegation, which includes team staff, was about the same.
Spicer replied: "I think I got this, but thank you". McCourty said: "The basic reason for me is I don't feel accepted in the White House".
Brady's mother has been battling a health ailment for the last 18 months and was unable to attend any games last season, though she did make the trip to Houston for Super Bowl 51.
Players have turned down White House invites ever since such events began to take off under President Ronald Reagan.
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.