New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady binds a Vince Lombardi Trophy beside manager Bill Belichick, after a Patriots degraded a Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime during Super Bowl 51 in Houston.
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President Trump is set to horde a Super Bowl champion New England Patriots during a White House on Wednesday, an eventuality that brings together some of a many polarizing sum in both sports and politics.
The Patriots are well-acquainted with this championship ritual, carrying won 5 Super Bowls in a final sixteen years. But their come-from-behind win over a Atlanta Falcons — after being down 25 points — was each bit as doubtful as Trump’s possess dissapoint feat 3 months earlier.
The boss himself left a watch jubilee during his Florida golf bar during a Super Bowl, after New England fell behind 28-3.
He was as astounded as anyone by a turnaround that followed.
“What an extraordinary quip and win by a Patriots,” Trump tweeted. “Tom Brady, Bob Kraft and Coach B are sum winners. Wow!”
What an extraordinary quip and win by a Patriots. Tom Brady, Bob Kraft and Coach B are sum winners. Wow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) Feb 6, 2017
Trump is a longtime crony of a Patriots’ quarterback, owners and conduct coach, so there will be copiousness of smiles when they poise for commemorative photos during a White House. At slightest a half dozen group members are boycotting a event, though, with some observant they don’t feel acquire so prolonged as Trump is president.
The White House has indicated that a eventuality is going forward, in light of a death of former Patriots actor Aaron Hernandez in prison. Corrections officials contend Hernandez, who was portion a life judgment after being convicted of a 2013 murder, committed suicide.
Brady pronounced he can't attend today’s rite due to a family matter he needs to attend to, according to a matter performed by ESPN. He skipped a White House revisit in 2015 — a team’s usually win during a Obama presidency. The quarterback did applaud 3 progressing victories with George W. Bush, though. And he visited a Clinton White House as a college actor after a University of Michigan separate a inhabitant championship in 1997 with a University of Nebraska.
“It unequivocally is a good experience,” Brady said, according to a Boston Globe. “Putting politics aside, it never was a domestic thing. At least, it never was to me.”
Some of Brady’s teammates don’t share that view.
“I’m not going to a White House,” defensive behind Devin McCourty told Time Magazine. “Basic reason for me is we don’t feel supposed in a White House. With a boss carrying so many clever opinions and prejudices, we trust certain people competence feel supposed there while others won’t.”
Defensive finish Chris Long, using behind LeGarrette Blount, linebacker Dont’a Hightower, defensive tackle Alan Branch, and parsimonious finish Martellus Bennett also designed to skip a jubilee with Trump, according to Bleacher Report.
Team owners Kraft says players are giveaway to make their possess decision.
“This is America,” Kraft pronounced on NBC’s Today show. “We’re all giveaway to do whatever’s best for us. We’re only absolved to be in a position to be going.”
The ties between Trump and a Patriots classification are deep, nonetheless conduct manager Bill Belichick says they have zero to do with politics.
“Anybody that has spent some-more than 5 mins with me knows I’m not a domestic person,” Belichick told reporters, days before a Super Bowl.
Trump did quote Belichick on a eve of final year’s election, though. At a domestic convene in New Hampshire, Trump review aloud from a minute a Patriots manager had created him.
“You’ve valid to be a ultimate aspirant and fighter,” Trump said, quoting Belichick. “The toughness and stability we have displayed over a past year is remarkable. Hopefully tomorrow’s choosing formula will give a event to make America good again.”
The Patriots showed their possess conspicuous toughness and stability in a Super Bowl, overcoming a 25-point necessity to win in overtime, 34-28.