U.S. President Donald Trump poses for photographs with the New England Patriots during a celebration of the team's Super Bowl victory on the South Lawn at the White House.
Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady is also friendly with the president but didn't attend the ceremony, citing personal matters with his family. The affable Gronkowski opened a door behind White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday afternoon.
"I think I've got this, but thank you", Spicer responded, which drew a few laughs.
"Basic reason for me is I don't feel accepted in the White House". Days ago, the 27-year-old former tight end was acquitted of a double murder.More news: Will Browns trade up over Bills to get Mitch Trubisky?
Malcolm Butler has not yet signed his first-round restricted free agent tender with the New England Patriots, which would pay him $3.91 million for the 2017 National Football League season. with that being said, this leads to some uncertainty about Butler future there, particularly after they spent a pile of money on cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
Mitchell's veteran poise in Super Bowl LI was referenced by Trump despite the fact he was just a rookie.
Trump worked some politics in, too, when he explained more about the election eve letter he read from Bill Belichick to a New Hampshire crowd last November.More news: Police warn of shooting in Paris; officer reportedly killed
President Trump made several mentions of specific players during his speech, including Danny Amendola (for his 4th down conversion), Trey Flowers (for his epic sack) and Julian Edelman (for his incredible catch), along with Marcus Cannon, Matt Slater, Nate Ebner and Malcolm Mitchell.
Kraft called it "a true honor" to be at the White House. Some noted their differences with the Republican administration though many others did not an issue a reason for their absence.
In an interview with Time magazine safety Devin McCourty had previously said he was not going to the ceremony because he didn't feel accepted in the White House. That includes Brady in 2015.
"I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today", Brady said in a statement provided by the team to CNN.More news: Trump wins support for possible WTO action on Canada dairy
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