Tom Brady on teammates skipping White House: “That’s their choice”

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has no problem with teammates skipping their visit to the White House.

Brady has called President Trump a friend, but several Patriots have said they will not go because they oppose Trump’s policies. Brady skipped the Patriots’ only White House visit during the Obama years, but he said this morning on PFT Live that had nothing to do with politics.

“Everybody has their own choice,” Brady said. “There’s certain years, like a couple years ago, I wanted to go and didn’t get the opportunity based on the schedule — we didn’t get told until I think like 10 days before we were going, and at that point I had something I’d been planning for months and couldn’t get there.”

The Patriots won three Super Bowls when George W. Bush was president, and Brady also went to the Bill Clinton White House in college when Michigan won the national championship. He considers it a valuable experience, but he understands that not everyone will make it.

“It really is a great experience,” Brady said. “Putting politics aside, it never was a political thing. At least, it never was to me. It meant you won a championship and you got to experience something cool with your team, with your teammates. Everyone has their own choice. It’s an offseason. These days are valuable for everybody. You only get so much time with your family and friends, and if people don’t want to go they don’t want to go and that’s their choice.”

Players miss the White House visit every year, but this year is fundamentally different because players are specifically tying their plans to skip the visit with their opposition to Trump. Brady sounds OK with that, even if he and Trump are golfing buddies.

45 responses to “Tom Brady on teammates skipping White House: “That’s their choice”

  1. He’s right. It’s everybody’s choice. Like some bloggers will have the opportunity to interview the best quarterback in history and they will waste their time asking frivolous questions.

  2. “Players miss the White House visit every year, but this year is fundamentally different because players are specifically tying their plans to skip the visit with their opposition to Trump.”

    It’s also different fundamentally different this year because the media needs to make sure we know about it. In the interest of being inclusive shouldn’t we celebrate all the ‘differences’ the situation encompasses?

  3. Tom Brady has been afford the opportunity to visit all three of the past presidents in the White House because of their Super Bowl victories. That’s pretty crazy.

  4. maust1013 says:
    Feb 14, 2017 9:01 AM
    “Players miss the White House visit every year, but this year is fundamentally different because players are specifically tying their plans to skip the visit with their opposition to Trump.”

    It’s also different fundamentally different this year because the media needs to make sure we know about it. In the interest of being inclusive shouldn’t we celebrate all the ‘differences’ the situation encompasses?

    Actually I remember hearing A LOT about it from the media when Matt Birk didn’t go as well as when Manny Ramirez skipped it and also the last time when Brady didn’t go so your statement is factually incorrect

  5. Players skipped visits due to Obama
    Player skip visits due to Trump
    Players making political plays.
    Who really cares?
    Anybody remember the list of players not to visit the White House while Obama was in office? No. Did it change anything? No.
    Will it change anything now? No.
    Will you remember 8 years from now or care? No

  6. The majority of NFL players have a better chance of “visiting” prison than visiting the White House.

  7. “Players miss the White House visit every year, but this year is fundamentally different because players are specifically tying their plans to skip the visit with their opposition to Trump.”

    Actually, it is no different this year. Some guys skip because they don’t feel like going; some don’t go because of politics but keep it quiet; some don’t go because of politics and make it known. The only reason if feels different to the media is because they hate Trump. The feeling is mutual.

  8. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says:
    Feb 14, 2017 9:17 AM

    Actually I remember hearing A LOT about it from the media when Matt Birk didn’t go as well as when Manny Ramirez skipped it and also the last time when Brady didn’t go so your statement is factually incorrect
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    It may be ‘factually’ incorrect but it’s intent is fundamentally correct. We didn’t hear much about those visits being skipped in advance. However since we are nitpicking your user id is both factually and fundamentally incorrect.

  9. It may be ‘factually’ incorrect but it’s intent is fundamentally correct. We didn’t hear much about those visits being skipped in advance. However since we are nitpicking your user id is both factually and fundamentally incorrect.

    Yes we did and that was my whole point. Have a great day!

  10. najacoo22 says:
    Feb 14, 2017 9:16 AM
    Tom Brady has been afford the opportunity to visit all three of the past presidents in the White House because of their Super Bowl victories. That’s pretty crazy.
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    What’s crazy is it’s actually the last 4 presidents. With the Patriots:
    Trump
    Obama
    Bush

    With the university of Michigan:
    Clinton

  11. It’s dumb that this has to be made into a political statement one way or the other. I mean, if YOU choose to make it a statement, that’s fine, and some of the guys skipping the trip are doing so. But just attending, or not attending due to unstated reasons should be a non-story. Visiting the White House is not tacit endorsement of the President, nor is skipping a tacit protest, unless you explicitly say so. This is the media wanting a story and controversy. Brady just explained that missing the previous trip had nothing to do with Obama, but that doesn’t fuel the “Brady Loves Trump” narrative everyone is pushing for. Honestly, I’m about Brady’s age, and I have no interest in hanging out with 70 year olds. I’m pretty sure this “friendship” is a lot more enthusiastic on Trump’s end, he likes to associate himself with winners, and Brady is just that. I’m sure Brady is just polite and doesn’t mind getting Miss USA judge gigs and getting to golf on sick courses with the guy once in a while.

  12. greenlargo says:
    Feb 14, 2017 10:02 AM
    I think the most important takeaway from this article is that it is about the Patriots that refuse to go and not about the Falcons that refuse to go.
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    Almost an easy opportunity to say that very few of the Falcons decided to show up for the fourth quarter and ot of the SupeeBowl. But that would obviously be a disparaging comment to both the Falcons and the Patriots. The Falcons played their hearts out right until the end but the Patriots had them running and swarming all over the field. They didn’t have any energy left, mentally or physically.

  13. C’mon Tom… You’re supposed to give up your years of friendship with Trump because others don’t like him. It’s the PC thing to do. Get on with the program.

  14. shomershabbos says:
    Feb 14, 2017 8:51 AM
    Moot point. Trump should be impeached by the time the Pats arrive.

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    You do realize that the word impeachment does not mean removal from office right?

    you keep using that word…I do not think it means what you think it means.

  15. Tammy’s right. Its their choice not to go. Just like it was Tammy’s choice to deflate footballs and destroy the phone…….

  16. averagejoe5050 says:
    Feb 14, 2017 9:58 AM

    Although Mr. Kraft could stand up for his friend and cut and/or trade to Cleveland the non-attendees

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    I bet Kraft cares more about winning than Trump’s ego.

  17. I still think Brady was wrong for skipping the last trip. I just don’t think, “Won’t be there, Mr. President, I have a scheduling conflict” is ever a good answer, no matter who is in office.

    I didn’t vote for Obama either time and I didn’t vote for Trump. But if either of them had invited me to the White House, I would have accepted without a “wait, I have to check my schedule first” response. Just a sign of respect, IMO.

  18. nbptma1 says:
    Feb 14, 2017 9:03 AM
    It’s only the liberal media that chooses to make this an issue.

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    uh….it’s the players that are making an issue out of it. the liberal media just chooses to report it.

    there is a difference.

  19. “These days are valuable for everybody. You only get so much time with your family and friends, and if people don’t want to go they don’t want to go and that’s their choice.”

    Tom, you are an exceptional football player, but when it comes to politics you are very naive. Grow a pair already, your teammates aren’t going because they don’t want to validate the fool.

  20. Why would any black person visit Trump? Trump spent 2 years on that racist birther nonsense. He spent 2 years offending anyone who wasn’t a Christian white male in the top 1%. Trump is openly hostile to anyone who isn’t a white male in the top 1%. So good on Brady’s black teammates for making a political statement by saying “We’re not going to give this nutcase in the WH the time of day”

  21. jgedgar70 says:
    Feb 14, 2017 12:05 PM
    I still think Brady was wrong for skipping the last trip. I just don’t think, “Won’t be there, Mr. President, I have a scheduling conflict” is ever a good answer, no matter who is in office.

    I didn’t vote for Obama either time and I didn’t vote for Trump. But if either of them had invited me to the White House, I would have accepted without a “wait, I have to check my schedule first” response. Just a sign of respect, IMO.
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    If you had a family vacation planned, family comes first. Always.

  22. I believe that everybody has a choice, that’s everyones right. With that being said, I really would like if these things could be left out of sports.
    Sports is in part (at least for the fan, not the player) a way to get away from the stresses of life for a while and not have how these athletes feel be a part of something nice that’s being done.

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