President Trump furious Tom Brady declined Patriots' 2017 White House invite

In case you’ve missed the news that’s dominated NFL headlines since Monday night (lucky you), President Donald Trump canceled the Philadelphia Eagles’ scheduled visit to the White House to celebrate the team’s Super Bowl LII win just hours before the team was to head to Washington, D.C.

He seemingly came close to canceling last year’s event to celebrate the Super Bowl LI champs, the Patriots, as well.

‘A chaotic scene’

According to a story by Washington Post reporters Josh Dawsey and Wesley Lowery and posted late Monday night, Trump was furious in April 2017 when he learned that New England quarterback Tom Brady would not be going to the White House for the then-traditional post-Super Bowl visit.

Dawsey and Lowery wrote:

“Trump grew angry in April 2017 when Tom Brady said he planned to skip the White House visit with the Patriots, huddling angrily with aides and even calling Patriots owner Robert Kraft. One former senior administration official described a chaotic scene unfolding over the heartlands of America, as Trump flew back from an event in Wisconsin. Trump made a number of calls and asked aides to help fix the situation, worried that Brady’s absence would reflect poorly on him. …

“Eventually, Trump was calmed down, and the Patriots came to the White House.”

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WASHINGTON, USA - APRIL 19: U.S. President Donald Trump congratulates the 2017 Super Bowl Champions the New England Patriots at the White House in Washington, United States on April 19, 2017. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - APRIL 19: U.S. President Donald Trump (C) poses for a photo with the 2017 Super Bowl Champions the New England Patriots at the White House in Washington, United States on April 19, 2017. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks while hosting the New England Patriots and team owner Robert Kraft during a celebration of the team's Super Bowl victory on the South Lawn at the White House April 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. It was the team's fifth Super Bowl victory since 1960. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (C) is congratulated by U.S. President Donald Trump during an event celebrating the team's Super Bowl win on the South Lawn at the White House April 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. It was the team's fifth Super Bowl victory since 1960. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON D.C. - APRIL 19: President Donald Trump holds a New England Patriots helmet as Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, left, and Patriots player Julian Edelman, rear, look on during a ceremony at the White House in Washington D.C. on Apr. 19,. 2017. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - APRIL 19: U.S. President Donald Trump (C) holds up a customized jersey presented to him by 2017 Super Bowl Champions the New England Patriots during their visit to the White House in Washington, United States on April 19, 2017. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON D.C. - APRIL 19: A staff member sprays Windex on the New England Patriots' five Super Bowl trophies as they sit on a podium on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington D.C., where the Patriots are guests for a ceremony with President Donald Trump on Apr. 19, 2017. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: New England Patriots listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony where he honored the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots for their Super Bowl LI victory on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony where he honored the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots for their Super Bowl LI victory on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: U.S. President Donald Trump poses for photographs with the New England Patriots during a celebration of the team's Super Bowl victory on the South Lawn at the White House April 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. It was the team's fifth Super Bowl victory since 1960. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Brady was with ailing mother

Brady, however, said he didn’t attend because he was with his ailing mother; Galynn Brady battled cancer throughout the 2016 NFL season and into 2017. A couple of days before that White House visit, Brady posted a photo on Instagram of his mother holding his daughter, Vivian, and kissing the little girl on the head.

Brady had also skipped the Patriots’ visit to the White House after the team’s win in Super Bowl XLIX two years earlier, when President Barack Obama was in office.

Trump has long boasted of his friendship with Brady, though Brady faced repeated questions about his relationship with Trump during the run-up to the 2016 election, after a red “Make America Great Again” hat was spotted in his locker stall in 2015.

Brady was not the only player who skipped the White House celebration in 2017, however; numerous Patriots did not attend, some explicitly stating it was because of things Trump had said.

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