Spicer, surprised at Gronkowski's appearance, said, "I think I got this, but thank you". Brady avoided saying whether or not he voted for Trump or supported his campaign.
PATRIOTS VISIT While some players stay away in protest, the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots make the traditional visit to the White House where team owner Robert Kraft lauds longtime friend Trump and likens his long-shot victory to the Patriots' own.
"Uhh, maybe", Spicer said, laughing. They were joined, of course, by head coach and Trump supporter Bill Belichick to greet the president on an overcast spring afternoon.
Trump's welcome to the team came hours after the news from MA prisons officials that ex-Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell.
Watch the Patriot's visit to the White House in the video above. Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty, Dont'a Hightower and Alan Branch all said they would not accept an invitation to visit the White House, NBC News reports.
Trump talked about the persistence of the Patriots and their tremendous success through the years, and like most presidents greeting a championship team, he found a way to include some humor. He capped his speech by handing a customized jersey to President Trump. Quarterback Tom Brady counts Trump as a friend, though he did not attend the White House meeting because of family issues. Last season's Patriots won their second Super Bowl in three seasons. In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today's ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters. Hernandez was acquitted just days ago of the 2012 shootings of two other men in Boston.
Players have turned down White House invites ever since such events began to take off under President Ronald Reagan. Gronkowski and other members of the Patriots' Super Bowl winning team were set to meet with President Trump later Wednesday to be congratulated on their February win.