Watch Ceremony With President Trump Online

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.

Recommended News

  • One police officer killed, another wounded in Paris shooting

    One police officer killed, another wounded in Paris shooting

    Security has been especially high since Tuesday, when police said they thwarted a terror attack by arresting two men. President Donald Trump said the shooting "looks like another terrorist attack" and sent condolences to France.

    Mass. legal principle could overturn murder conviction after Hernandez death

    The former New England Patriots tight end was already serving a sentence of life without parole for another murder in 2013. Hernandez was found hanging from a bedsheet in his prison cell at about 3 a.m. on Wednesday, according to officials.

    UK Labour leader comes out fighting

    Answering questions, Mr Corbyn said Labour's manifesto would be "fully costed and will be all accounted for and paid for". But Mr Corbyn has now ruled out a second vote.
  • Environmental Activists March at EPA Chief's Indiana Superfund Site Visit

    Environmental Activists March at EPA Chief's Indiana Superfund Site Visit

    Pruitt visited the complex and the adjacent residential neighborhood that make up what's known as the USS Lead Superfund site . Pruitt was scheduled to to tour the complex where roughly 1,000 people were ordered evacuated because of lead contamination.

    Iran's Rouhani registers to run for re-election

    It seems probable that the Pasdaran itself could produce a strong leadership figure to fill such a vacuum in the way that Gen. He is also a member of Assembly of Experts, an all-cleric body that will rule on the successor for the Supreme Leader.
    Controversy after Survivor contestant outs fellow player as transgender

    Controversy after Survivor contestant outs fellow player as transgender

    These days, we may think we know what it means to be transgender, but there is a type of trans person we never hear about. Zeke is a massive Survivor fan and his point with us was very clear - he wanted to be seen as a Survivor player.
  • Tillerson Accuses Iran of Alarming Provocations, Says Deal Doesn't Meet Objectives

    He noted that it was necessary for Tillerson to separate the notions of terrorism and nuclear deal, which have nothing in common. North Korea said it may test missiles on a weekly basis, and warned of "all-out war" if the United States takes military action.

    Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz Will Not Seek Re-Election, Per Sources

    Provo Mayor John Curtis said Wednesday that he would consult with his family and advisors and make a decision at a later date. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) decided not to run for reelection in 2018 because he is being blackmailed by Russian Federation .
    Student lynched over

    Student lynched over "blasphemy"

    A local imam had refused to lead the funeral prayers at Khan's funeral on Friday, according to Swabi resident Salman Ahmed. The murdered student has been identified as Mashal Khan, who was accused of posting blasphemous messages on social media.
  • IPL 10: KKR takes on KXIP in first home game

    Umesh was the pick of the quick bowlers in the recently concluded India-Australia series, scalping 17 wickets in eight innings. Lynn's left shoulder has proven consistently troublesome, this being the third time he has injured it in the last two years.

    The US talks trade with Tokyo

    President Trump during an interview that aired early Tuesday denied he had softened his stance on China. Security Council resolution on Syria last week that demanded Assad cooperate with an investigation.

    SeaWorld's last killer whale born in captivity

    Takara was already pregnant as a result of natural breeding when the announcement to end orca breeding was made in March of 2016. Share with Us - We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article, and smart, constructive criticism.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.