Speculation is running wild in sports media circles, and some political ones as well, about the surprising fact that quarterback Tom Brady declined President Obama’s invitation to the White House to honor the New England Patriots for their latest Super Bowl victory.
The official reason given for the NFL superstar’s absence from the Rose Garden ceremony: a prior family engagement, the details of which have not been publicly released.
Sports columnist Chris Chase, writing in USA Today, notes that Brady joined his teammates all three times the Patriots were feted at the White House during the presidency of George W. Bush. The failure of the New England signal caller to show for the Obama-led ceremony could certainly, therefore, be taken as a political signal of sorts to the current president.
CBS News‘ coverage of the Patriots’ trip to the White House — the fourth for the Super Bowl champs since 2002 — notes that Obama told a few jokes about the so-called “deflate-gate” affair that clouded the Patriots’ win in the AFC championship game.
“Mr. Obama joked, ‘I usually tell a bunch of jokes at these events, but with the Patriots in town, I was worried that 11 out of 12 of them would fall flat,’” the article read.
The president also quipped about the party-hearty reputation of one player in particular, as he “advised tight end Rob Gronkowski to keep his shirt on.”
However, there was no reference by the president to the conspicuous absence of the star player who engineered the Patriots’ outstanding season and Super Bowl win.
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