Latest Sports Scores

Scoreboard

  • ALL
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • NCAAB
  • NBA
  • Final
    PHO98
    BKN126
  • Final
    TOR101
    MIA84
  • Final
    MEM90
    SA97
  • Final
    LAC95
    DAL97
  • Final
    NY95
    POR110
  • NHL
  • Final
    CBJ1
    WSH2
  • Final
    TB6
    BOS3
  • Final
    ARI1
    FLA3
  • Final
    CAR4
    MTL1
  • Final
    PIT1
    OTT2
  • Final
    NJ2
    TOR4
  • Final
    CGY1
    NSH3
  • Final
    PHI3
    MIN1
  • Final
    VAN1
    STL4
  • Final
    DAL2
    CHI3
  • Final
    EDM7
    COL4
  • Live
    WPG2
    LA4
  • CBK
  • Final
    MICH68
    OREGON69
  • Final
    WVU58
    GONZ61
  • Final
    PURDUE66
    KANSAS98
  • Live
    XAVIER71
    ARI71

Tom Brady says visiting the White House was 'never a political thing,' calls it 'a privilege to do'

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon

As more and more members of the New England Patriots announce that they will not visit the Trump White House to celebrate their recent Super Bowl 51 victory, Tom Brady on Tuesday suggested that it's worth putting politics aside and embracing the experience.

"It really is a great experience," Brady told Pro Football Talk. "Putting politics aside, it never was a political thing. At least, it never was to me. It was something that was a privilege to do. It meant you won a championship and you got to experience something cool with your team, with your teammates. Everyone has their own choice."

As of Tuesday, six members of the Patriots have said publicly that they will not make the trip to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

7 PHOTOS
Patriots players planning on skipping White House Visit
See Gallery
Patriots players planning on skipping White House Visit

Defensive end Chris Long 

(Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Tight end Martellus Bennett

(Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Defensive tackle Alan Branch

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Running back LeGarrette Blount

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Safety Devin McCourty

(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Linebacker Dont'a Hightower

(Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Along with Martellus Bennett, who before the Super Bowl said he wouldn't go if his team won and then doubled down on it after the victory, Devin McCourty, Chris Long, LeGarrette Blount, Alan Branch and Dont'a Hightower have all confirmed they will not go. It is worth noting that not all of them explicitly cited Trump as the motivating factor, though many did.

Brady, for his part, does not have a perfect White House attendance record. After he won his fourth ring, he skipped visiting the Obama White House because of what he said was a scheduling conflict.

"Everybody has their own choice," Brady said on Tuesday. "There are 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."

On Monday, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he did not understand why the White House visit had become national news.

"Every time we've had the privilege of going to the White House, a dozen of our players don't go,'' Kraft said on the Today show. "This is the first time it's gotten any media attention."

Of course, the Patriots are the first team to win a championship under the Trump presidency, and they are closely intertwined with the 45th president. Over the weekend, Kraft dined with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Trump himself at Mar-A-Lago.

Related: Take a look at the Patriots' championship parade:

18 PHOTOS
Scenes from the Patriots Super Bowl LI parade
See Gallery
Scenes from the Patriots Super Bowl LI parade
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady raises a Lombardi Trophy during the rally in City Hall Plaza following the Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. Head coach Bill Belichick is behind him. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: New England Patriots fans celebrate during New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Fans watch the New England Patriots Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Members of the Boston Police celebrate during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Members of the New England Patriots react during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Fans watch the New England Patriots Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady prepares to throw back the ball he caught from someone in the crowd on Tremont Street during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. Jacoby Brissett, wearing a Brady jersey, stands next to him, with Jimmy Garoppolo at right. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: The Vince Lombardi trophy is held during the New England Patriots Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Martellus Bennett of the New England Patriots reacts during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: A fan raises a hand during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots drinks beer during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots drinks beer during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: Matt Santo shows off his tattoo during New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: New England Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich reacts to the crowd during the Patriots victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Michael J. Ivins/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft waves to the crowd during a Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Michael J. Ivins/Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: Signs in storefronts support the team as fans line the route along Boylston Street during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: From left: New England Patriots' Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacoby Brissett and Tom Brady celebrate during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

NOW WATCH: The Olympic Park in Rio is a ghost town and its pools are turning green again

See Also:

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners