Wednesday, President Donald Trump and the White House hosted the New England Patriots to celebrate their most recent Super Bowl win, an annual tradition for the winner of the NFL championship.
The celebration, which hosted 34 Patriots players, plus several staff members and coach Bill Belichick, saw half of the teams 68 player roster in attendance. And while it is common for some Super Bowl champion players to miss the victory visit due to scheduling conflicts, Wednesday’s event turnout appeared to be considerably lower than for a previous Patriots visit in 2015.
One of the missing players? Star quarterback Tom Brady... who accredited his no-show to "personal family matters."
Tom Brady is not attending White House ceremony today due to "personal family matters." His statement: pic.twitter.com/OIidVZX3VV— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) April 19, 2017
Just a few hours after Tom's post, his wife Gisele took to Twitter to post a since-deleted tweet sharing a link to the Peoples Climate Movement's upcoming April 29th protest in D.C. against the Trump administration's climate policies.
Essentially, Gisele tweeted an anti-Trump statement during the New England Patriots' White House victory visit. LOL.
There has been ongoing debate over Brady’s support for and friendship with Trump. The two have known each other for years, and Trumpy publicly claimed to have the football star’s vote in the 2016 election.
“Tom Brady, great guy, great friend of mine, great, great champion, unbelievable winner,” Trump said at a November rally. “He called today and he said, ‘Donald, I support you, you’re my friend, and I voted for you.’”
However, when her Instagram followers asked about it, Gisele shot down the claims.
And she also apparently told her beau to stop talking politics in public.
So, we wonder whether those "personal family matters" that Brady mentioned actually have some political (and Gisele-derived) undertones!
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