The New England Patriots wrapped up their celebration for Super Bowl LI with a visit to President Donald Trump at the White House for a ceremony on the South Lawn. At least six Patriots players won’t be there because they don’t agree with Trump’s policies, while Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady won’t be there because of a family emergency.
The public ceremony is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. ET and can be seen above. The Patriots arrive at the White House at 1:20 p.m. ET.
Brady announced just hours before the ceremony began that he would not attend. The five-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback said he has to attend to some “personal family matters.” Although he did not go into detail, his mother Gaylnn is fighting cancer. The only game of the 2016 season she attended was the Super Bowl.
In the days after winning the only Super Bowl to go into overtime, six Patriots players all said they would not attend a White House ceremony because they do not agree with Trump’s policies. Chris Long, Martellus Bennett, Don’a Hightower, LeGarrette Blount, Devin McCourty and Alan Branch will not be there. James White also said he might not be there.
The visit comes on a dark day for the Patriots. Early this morning, authorities in Massachusetts said that Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in his jail cell. Last week, Hernandez was acquitted for a double homicide, but was still serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez’s attorney disputes the Department of Corrections’ statement that Hernandez killed himself.