Report: Brady was at stadium on day of White House visit

AP

The news that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady didn’t attend last week’s visit by the defending Super Bowl champions to the White House initially didn’t register on the national radar scale.  Brady reportedly had a prior family commitment, and no one seriously questioned that.

But now comes word, from Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com, that Brady spent part of last Thursday at Gillette Stadium, while his teammates were in D.C.  Although it’s possible that Brady’s family commitment kept him from traveling to Washington but not from making an appearance at work, this specific wrinkle makes the situation a bit more interesting.

The specific chain of events, with Brady not going to the White House and word now leaking that he was at least able to go to NFL’s reigning equivalent, invites speculation regarding whether Brady simply chose not to show up.  Which invites speculation that Brady chose not to show up because of a comment from White House press secretary Josh Earnest after Brady’s earnest-but-ineffective press conference in the immediate wake of the emergence of the #DeflateGate scandal.

“For years it’s been clear that there is no risk that I was going to take Tom Brady’s job as quarterback of the New England Patriots,” Earnest said after Brady’s widely-panned performance.  “But I can tell you, as of today, it’s pretty clear that there’s no risk of him taking my job either.”

The Boston Herald previously suggested that the jab may have influenced Brady’s decision not to attend the event.  This new information from Reiss, which surely didn’t come to him accidentally after last Thursday’s joke from President Barack Obama regarding the football-inflation imbroglio, supports the conclusion that Brady was demonstrating his displeasure.

The crack from the Commander-in-Chief drew a thumb’s down from coach Bill Belichick.  In turn, it may have prompted Brady to give himself a thumb’s up for choosing not to be there to hear it personally.

We also aren’t prepared to rule out that, in the photo of Obama holding a helmet autographed by the team, he’s not thinking to himself, “Is that ‘thank you’ under Tom Brady’s signature?”

121 responses to “Report: Brady was at stadium on day of White House visit

  1. Personally if I was Brady I wouldn’t leave his wife to visit the President either. And besides its not like they have all that much free time before OTA’s to spend with their families anyway….

  2. What’s the big deal? Maybe Brady didn’t show up because he actually had a family commitment.

    Maybe Brady didn’t show up because he was ticked about that Josh Earnest comment.

    Or maybe, like Matt Birk a few years ago, Brady didn’t show up because he doesn’t like Obama’s policies. There’s nothing wrong with Brady choosing not to show up, for any of those reasons.

  3. Of course a man such as Tom Brady, who speaks the truth, would not want the job of Earnest, who lies for a living.

  4. It’s pretty evident that brady is mad at josh earnest SPOC for WH. His comments implied that brady was a liar.
    However, obama recently said that WH is filled with Boston employees and Boston Fans.
    So if anything, this whitehouse should be Boston friendly accept for a few at the very top.
    Just saying!

  5. More likely he didn’t want Obama to remind him that the Bears put a whupin’ on the Pats in the 85 Super Bowl

  6. Professional sports teams visiting the White House after a championship is a joke. The leader(s) of this country should have much bigger issues to handle with their time and entertaining athletes and the media. I don’t blame him. I honestly can’t see why anyone would want to go.

  7. scrp2 says:
    Apr 28, 2015 11:47 AM
    More likely he didn’t want Obama to remind him that the Bears put a whupin’ on the Pats in the 85 Super Bowl

    ——–

    Typical Chicago fan… 30 years and NOTHING since!! Enjoy watching that old VHS tape of your last and only super bowl win.

  8. I don’t care for Brady but this is not a big deal. A number of players have recently not gone to the White House after the Super Bowl. If you want to call him a liar and a cheat then I’m all for it but this isn’t worth talking about.

  9. I don’t know what the family committment was or if it existed, but I think it was weak he didn’t go. Other than a death in the family, which we would know about, I just don’t see it. Of course, Brady’s a grown man and can do what he sees fit. But, for a guy that’s always been team 1rst, to not show up at an important team event celebrating a Super Bowl win because your feelings are hurt or you don’t like Obama’s politics, is beyond lame, IMO. Didn’t like when TThomas did it either, but at least he didn’t make an excuse. Lost a little respect for Tom.

  10. Without knowing more, it’s logistically possible that he took care of his family engagement and then went into the office for a bit.

    I sure hope he didn’t decline solely because of a verbal jab by the White House press secretary. I doubt it but if it was in fact a political issue, I’m sure there was more to it than just that one comment.

  11. He did not go, because he did something wrong to win Super Bowl, and Obama is like “I still Know what you Did last February! ” haha. Boston always cheat to win something.

  12. Perhaps Tom is just auditioning for a show on Fox. Isn’t that where most multi-millionaires go? Then he can tell us he’s a job creator. Funny stuff, but some people actually believe it.

  13. jojovie131 says:
    Apr 28, 2015 11:45 AM
    It’s pretty evident that brady is mad at josh earnest SPOC for WH. His comments implied that brady was a liar.
    **********************

    Brady may well have been a liar.

  14. Brady didn’t go because of his own political views. It’s unfortunate that politics can’t be put aside by some. That’s a big reason why this country is going down the drain fast. Faster then Brady had those balls deflated.

    Did Brady ever miss any of the visits with George W.?

  15. The greatest QB of all time has spent more time at the White House than a DC tour guide.

    The greatest does what he wants when he wants.

    Keep on crying you little girls.

    And make sure you bow down to kiss the rings.

  16. Clearly “other commitments” means “busy working toward Ring #5”.

    Brady was the FIRST PLAYER at Foxboro at the opening of the offseason program this year — 7AM.

    Too bad the combine doesn’t have a “test” that measures a player’s heart and desire…

  17. I think that Brady should have just gone.

    That said… he is definitely Republican and may try move into some kind of official office when he’s done with football. Showing he doesn’t want to visit Obama wouldn’t hurt him.

    If he is protesting due to comments from the White House press secretary, that is a bit petty, but the guy made the comments because he is a diehard fan of another team. Not in his official capacity. He shouldn’t use his platform to attack the credibility of Brady because he’s a fan of a different team.

    Thirdly, just because he was at the Stadium part of the day doesn’t mean he didn’t have family commitments that day.

  18. Brady/Belicheat = Legacy of cheating

    These two arrogant jerks act is if the whole world revolves around them. I will be eternally grateful should Well’s report conclude the truth about Tommy-The-Lying-cheater and his daddy Billy who is above us all so much that he may never return to disgusting Earth.

  19. What a coward Brady is!

    If you are going to make a political statement by not attending, then have to courage to say what is on your mind.
    The jerk is to afraid to hurt HIS OWN brand while he disses another person or a policy.

    He is simply Lame

  20. nikki0220 says:
    Apr 28, 2015 11:49 AM
    Belichick – Brady 2016

    ____________________________
    Sure, and one of the campaign promises:
    “Cameras in every home and street corner”.

    As for the campaign slogan:

    “We’ll flatten the opposition!”

  21. League source: NFL fines Jets $100,000 in Revis tampering case. No docking of draft picks. Patriots not fined. Full Story coming #nyj

    See? The jets are notified proven cheaters!!!!!!!

  22. The incompetent people running this White House can even screw up a simple awards deal for an athletic championship!

  23. Anyone with half a brain could tell Brady was lying during that press conference….even experts with body language said so. Still, doesn’t matter. Time to move on. I can’t stand Obama either.

  24. If Brady did feel insulted by the White House Press Secretary, then his response of prior family commitments was appropriate. Josh Earnest may have actually learned a lesson here as Press Secretary about insulting other public figures.

  25. Brandon Browner and Vince Wilfork also did not attend. Can we please open up a four-month Wells investigation into this?!?

  26. I seriously do not see how this is a big deal. Brady is probably at Gilllete Stadium everyday to workout. He’s a professional athlete who more than likely doesn’t see his family as much as he wants. He probably just went to Gillete to workout then went home to do his family commitment. This story is somehow getting more blown out of proportion like “deflategate.”

  27. If Brady wants a political career after his glorious stint in the NFL, this might have been an opportunity for him to lambaste this waste of flesh in the WH and garner popularity with the growing number of people waking up to the complete train wreck this lying, incompetent fraud is.

    Brady is FAR more popular and it’s never too early to plant the seeds for a possible career in politics.

  28. Aw, poor Tommy is so sensitive! Maybe everybody should kiss his rear just so he’ll show up for a team function.

  29. birdgang says:
    Apr 28, 2015 12:00 PM
    Brady didn’t go because of his own political views.

    ________________________

    And you know this how? Did Brady tell you?

  30. Maybe he knows something about Deflategate? Goodell’s comments were not real favorable to the Patriots.

    “Was it just one game?”

    Seems like “it” is deflating footballs (conclusion).

  31. So Tom Brady is a Republican — who cares! Brady has won five (5) — well, he’s en route to winning 5 SB rings. That’s a far greater accomplishment in life, ya think?

  32. I don’t see this as a big deal at all. He went to the White House three times, so it isn’t like he’s missing a once in a lifetime event. And if he isn’t a big Obama fan, I can see where the trip wouldn’t be that much fun for him.

  33. Isn’t the whole point of have having a president – and not a king/emperor/dictator – that we can freely choose to decline an invitation to meet him? I mean, maybe Brady didn’t go to the White because… he didn’t want to. And he doesn’t owe us any explanation for that. And that’s OK. Because this is the president, not Kim Jong Un.

  34. I live in Boston. When Tim Thomas skipped the WH trip people were calling for his head. Now that Tommy Terrific skips it’s suddenly ok? Hypocrisy at it’s finest.

    It’s just that it’s to celebrate the team’s accomplishment & to have the QB & leader of the team not show up for this stupid reason (if that’s the real reason) seems childish. But whatever, it’s his choice. He has carte blanche to do whatever he feels like in this city.

  35. Pats fan here and this is a garbage move by Brady. Respect the office, represent the organization and suck it up. In the big picture, I guess I am fortunate that my biggest complaint about my QB is that he didn’t show up at the White House, but it is still a bad decision by Brady who normally makes way better PR decisions.

  36. I am a huge Brady honk. I love the legacy of winning. But in this case, he was wrong. I don’t care who you like or don’t like. You are disrespecting the office of the President by not going to it. Get off your pedestal and go you freaking Nancy. The office of the President will be there long after the current president.

    And Obama, you sounded like a jerk for making deflategate comments. It makes me understand why he didn’t want to go. He should have gone anyways and taken it like a man, but you should have stood up above it too. So I think you also need to respect the office a bit more as well.

  37. Brady refused to meet with RG3. Brady refused to meet with President Obama. Brady hasn’t visited Aaron Hernandez. They are all on his “rhymes with bucket” list.

  38. Good for Brady… I wouldn’t go either. It’s a free country and a person has the freedom to make choices the last time I checked. Despite Brady winning the Super Bowl (again) he’s getting criticized by the White House (again) and the raging, radical Liberal Media for snubbing Obama. Who cares if Obama is being snubbed? It’s not about Obama anyway!!! It’s supposed to be about recognizing the Super Bowl champions!!!

    Despite the Liberals intentions of wanting to take away Liberties and freedoms everywhere, Brady took a stand Freedom. Freedom of speech can be spoken for in different ways. The same freedom being suppressed (by our Government) all over this country. Good for TOM!!! Make a statement (which he did) and be proud of who you are. In the long run, the very opponents who he is against will have no choice but show respect for him because they will know where he stands.

  39. Brady felt too entitled to go.

    Remember, years ago he skipped a Pro Bowl to golf at Pebble Beach.

    But here’s the real question that must be answered: what the hell was he doing at Gilette Stadium???

  40. What’s the big deal? Maybe Brady didn’t show up because he actually had a family commitment.

    Maybe Brady didn’t show up because he was ticked about that Josh Earnest comment.

    Or maybe, like Matt Birk a few years ago, Brady didn’t show up because he doesn’t like Obama’s policies. There’s nothing wrong with Brady choosing not to show up, for any of those reasons.

    …………

    Yes there is a problem, if it were family commitment then there’s no problem but the other 2 are nonsense.

    Oh what, one of obamas officials hurt his feelings? Aw not tommy’s feelings, he’s only the best qb of the modern era married to one of (if not the) most beautiful women in the world, but god forbid his feelings get hurt.

    Also, the presidential trip is not about politics, it’s a tradition to go shake the hand of the leader of your country and moving on. This is a small example of the big problem with politics in this country. Some of us are so bitter that we won’t even talk to one another. Real Americans are Americans first and then politically affiliated somewhere else down the line.

  41. georgegsmiller says:
    Apr 28, 2015 12:45 PM

    Good for Brady… I wouldn’t go either. It’s a free country and a person has the freedom to make choices the last time I checked. Despite Brady winning the Super Bowl (again) he’s getting criticized by the White House (again) and the raging, radical Liberal Media for snubbing Obama. Who cares if Obama is being snubbed? It’s not about Obama anyway!!! It’s supposed to be about recognizing the Super Bowl champions!!!

    Despite the Liberals intentions of wanting to take away Liberties and freedoms everywhere, Brady took a stand Freedom. Freedom of speech can be spoken for in different ways. The same freedom being suppressed (by our Government) all over this country. Good for TOM!!! Make a statement (which he did) and be proud of who you are. In the long run, the very opponents who he is against will have no choice but show respect for him because they will know where he stands.

    duece5 says:

    Great points…..all of them!!!

    I hate the patriots, but I respect Brady.

    I respect him even more for standing up for his personal beliefs.

    They are strong enough for him to make a stand.

    He has already been there 3 times.

    Good for him!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. he didn’t want to answer the #deflategate question to obama. lying to the president can be really really bad.

  43. Thousands of Americans have fought and died for Brady’s right to pass up the WH visit. Embrace your freedom!

  44. I hate the New England Patriots with a passion but Tom Brady shouldn’t be knocked for not showing up. I believe I even read he is a democrat. Of course he is probably a JFK democrat from Massachusetts – back when the democratic party were mainstream and sane.

  45. Who cares why he didn’t go? It was not required. Maybe he doesn’t like Obama..Maybe he felt like staying home with the wife and kids…If Obama really wants to see him that badly, he should go buy a ticket and attend a game, like the rest of us.

  46. Basic security precaution for the franchise to not have Brady, Belichick, and Kraft all in high profile location together. Not surprised the secret service didn’t understand this. Next year they’ll rotate Belichick out.

  47. Maybe Tom Brady is an adult with a family and has more important obligations than an voluntary team trip to Washington. Gillette stadium is his second home, no surprise he stopped in to do some work, maybe the story should be that Brady doesn’t even take a day off in the off-season on days where his teammates and even coaches do.

  48. It’s not like there weren’t enough story lines to joke about there Prez. Like the INT. The catch by Kearse. Or the decision not to go beast mode. But DeflateGate? Really? Where did Obama think he was? The American country music awards.

  49. Lying and cheating go hand and hand. Just like the blanket statement they always give when ever there is a gaff. “We didn’t hear about it till Monday morning.”

  50. Oh Good God. Can it PUHLEASE be September already? This is seriously what we are talking about? How about Thursday? Can it be draft day already? PLEASE????

  51. Remember when the Bruins won the cup and Tim Thomas didn’t go to the White house with his team and everyone made a big fuss about it? I wonder if there will be the same outcry against TB

  52. I live in Boston. When Tim Thomas skipped the WH trip people were calling for his head. Now that Tommy Terrific skips it’s suddenly ok? Hypocrisy at it’s finest.
    ===
    Tim Thomas was a jerk about it. TB12 hasn’t been and gave bland excuse. There’s your difference.

  53. pj1983a says:
    Apr 28, 2015 12:28 PM

    Isn’t the whole point of have having a president – and not a king/emperor/dictator – that we can freely choose to decline an invitation to meet him?
    ————————————————————-
    Someone please tell Obama this!!!!!

  54. Brady visited Bush three times at the WH. Not only is he the greatest quarterback ever, he is the modern version of Patrick Henry, America’s hero who said, “give me liberty or give me death.”

  55. I really hope he did have a family engagement, and didn’t skip the meeting for snubbing purposes. Otherwise I might have to start liking Tom Brady, and well, that’s just awful…..

  56. This was a dumb move on Brady’s part and this is coming from the biggest Brady fan. Respect the office not the man and any prior engagements should have been postponed to accommodate WH visit. I didn’t like Brady’s move at all, it screams arrogance.

  57. They are going to debating whether Brady or Montana were the greatest ever decades from know well after Obama is a historical footnote. No one in the media cares about this, only glorious and trolls

  58. I really don’t get the hate people have for Tom Brady. He’s been a consummate pro his whole career, wins on and off the field, has a beautiful wife and loving family, works harder than anyone and has a ton of money from said hard work.

    Oh yea, that’s probably why, huh.

  59. The people in Boston who hated Tim Thomas for not going to the White House, only hated it because he explained his true feelings as to why. Is it any wonder that, if…IF Brady didn’t go because of his personal politics, he would not say so? It is a no win situation. I will take him at his word that he had a prior family commitment and leave it at that.

  60. It was reported here in Boston that there was an issue with his mom and he couldn’t make it. Why not just leave it at that.

  61. His parents 50th wed anniversary. Leave it at that. Its toms right whether to go or not.

    Besides screw obama hes destroying this country

  62. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Apr 28, 2015 2:33 PM
    This was a dumb move on Brady’s part and this is coming from the biggest Brady fan. Respect the office not the man and any prior engagements should have been postponed to accommodate WH visit. I didn’t like Brady’s move at all, it screams arrogance.
    ——————

    Your comment screams “troll”

  63. its funny how the white house will comment on deflate gate but not about what’s going on in baltimore, can you say hypocrite???

  64. Who the hell cares? It’s a voluntary celebration that happens during the middle of the off season for crying aloud (and on short term notice)! Maybe he really did have other plans. Wilfork and Browner didn’t go…why is nobody ranting about them? Also, Stephen A. Smith is a total toolbag for his little Tom Brady rant. But then again, we already knew that.

  65. Tom Brady doesn’t know this yet. But this unnecessary political stunt has cost him a ton of credibility in his own locker room. I guarantee you, over 98% of African American New England Patriots voted for President Obama. They respect him. Even if they don’t agree with him on all issues. And I would bet money they considered Brady’s actions as a selfish snub unbefitting a team leader. Most of them likely took it personally. Even though they will not admit it publicly. There is nothing TB can do to mend this fence of trust that has likely been severely cracked. Because I can equally guarantee that 98% of Past African American Patriot attendees to the Bush WH did not vote for him. But did not disrespect the President or office that way.

    How all of this plays out is anyone’s guess. But I assure everyone reading here. Tom Brady has created a fissure between himself and his AA teammates. Winning can conceal it. But let him get on a losing run. Or start lashing out at any of them on the sidelines again. And we may see some real sideline explosions. That actually stemmed from this snub. But simmered underneath the surface. And I’m almost 100% sure that Belichick, Kraft or even Brady himself will have no idea that the genesis of this divide was the WH trip.

  66. IMO, he should have gone, if for nothing else, he’s the face of the team. I’ll bet Kraft and Belichick would have preferred him to go if they were open about it, even though they’d say publicly, “we respect his decision either way.”

    Saying Browner and Wilfork didn’t go and comparing that to Brady missing it is not nearly the same. Tom is very aware of his value to the franchise in matters other than wins and losses.

  67. Some of you are idiots. No one knows if this was political at all. Maybe he was sick. Maybe he had a previous engagement. Maybe the novelty of going to the White House has worn off. Just because he didn’t go it doesn’t mean it’s got anything to do with politics. Once again people are jumping to conclusions without knowing any facts. And I’m sure NONE of his teammates took it personally, political or not. As professionals, they probably understood. Whatever reason he had for not going, they understood.

  68. @ patsfan112:
    The “idiot” is usually the one who is calling someone else an idiot without the same facts. But is just disrespecting different opinions by calling others, names. What would you call the vast majority of African American Patriots, if “none” of them attended President Bush invites? You would likely be calling them “idiots”. And divisive! You don’t have any more of a clue about this than anyone else who voiced an opinion.

    I’m most likely as big of a Tom Brady fan and Patriot fan as you are. As is most people criticizing his arrogance about this. But he made a mistake. And most importantly, he failed to consider the feelings and position of over half of his team mates. Many of whom contributed mightily to his huge success over 6 SuperBowls. And I say that not to diminish his own unique greatness. He made a mistake. And if he is truly the leader I think he is, He will privately & aggressively reach out to his African American team mates right now. And explain his actions to them, face to face. To nip any possibility in the bud. Or just man up if it was a political statement.

  69. mccourtyisland says:
    Apr 28, 2015 12:02 PM
    The greatest QB of all time has spent more time at the White House than a DC tour guide.
    _______________________

    I guess Joe Montana has spent a lot of time at the White House.

  70. @ patsfan112:
    The “idiot” is usually the one who is calling someone else an idiot without the same facts. But is just disrespecting different opinions by calling others, names. What would you call the vast majority of African American Patriots, if “none” of them attended President Bush invites? You would likely be calling them “idiots”. And divisive! You don’t have any more of a clue about this than anyone else who voiced an opinion.

    I’m most likely as big of a Tom Brady fan and Patriot fan as you are. As is most people criticizing his arrogance about this. But he made a mistake. And most importantly, he failed to consider the feelings and position of over half of his team mates. Many of whom contributed mightily to his huge success over 6 SuperBowls. And I say that not to diminish his own unique greatness. He made a mistake. And if he is truly the leader I think he is, He will privately & aggressively reach out to his African American team mates right now. And explain his actions to them, face to face. To nip any possibility in the bud. Or just man up if it was a political statement.
    ————————————
    No, I wouldn’t call any of the players “idiots” for not attending if President Bush was in office. I’m not a Bush fan, nor do I really care whether or not the teams show up for these things. Personally, I feel the winning teams going to the White House is silly and pointless. We all know most of the time the president is NOT a fan of the winning team. Obama wouldn’t be truly happy with the winning team unless the Bears won the Super Bowl. And Bush wouldn’t be happy unless the Cowboys won it (is he a Cowboys fan? Does it matter?) The whole thing is a waste of time that happens too late during the off season. If I were Brady, I wouldn’t go either (and my reason has nothing to do with politics).

  71. it’s amazing how many “Americans” think it’s no big deal to pass up the visit. if it were another president, i wonder who would suddenly revert back to “patriots”. ijs….lol

  72. Last week Dion Jordan did not show up for the Dolphins “voluntary” workouts with his teammates. People were questioning this since he was suspended part of last year, how could he do this?

    The truth was he new already that he had been suspended for the 2015 season.

    Could Tom Brady know something we don’t know yet
    about “deflategate” ?

    Is a suspension from the NFL coming and he didn’t want to embarrass the president ?

    something to ponder

  73. It’s just one of those things in America, that don’t mean as much as it used to. It’s really more of a photo op for a politician than any celebration of the team.

    Brady’s time is valuable to him. His commitment is to his team, his city and his family. He pretty much got spit on by the rest of the Country during deflategate, so whats the point. Going to DC, juggling his family’s schedule; that’s a lot of trouble, just so the president can walk out there for 15 minutes and shoot a few barbs their way. The President, 10 minutes later, is meeting with the S. Korean PM, and the players are being bused back to the airport for long flights back to where ever they came from. It’s a waste of time.

  74. If nobody has clapped for Tom not attending the White House Team Trip then here here Tommy. Clap, Clap, Clap, Clap, Clap, Clap, Clap. Why should he attend to hear the President jab the team after they beat the defending champs with properly inflated balls? It’s not been proven that they are the ones who might have intentionally under inflated the balls in the game v the colts. Really, after the White House joined SNL and made jokes about the Patriots and Tom Brady I fully support his decision to not attend the trip with his teammates. This Snubs for you White House Politico’s!

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