Tom Brady apparently cannot figure out his teammates. So far, a confirmed six players of the New England Patriots have announced that they'll be bowing out of their victory trip to the White House. Brady suggests that instead of turning the event into a demonstration, they should embrace the opportunity.
Brady talked to 'Football Talk' and told them that he respects his teammates decision to decline the White House invitation, but he thinks they should probably reconsider.
"It really is a great experience," said Brady. "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."
It might be easy for Brady to say; he's been a huge supporter of President Donald Trump since the campaign trail. He did let a prior engagement get in his way when he won his fourth Super bowl ring, and he skipped a visit to the white House to meet former President Barack Obama. But he said it had nothing to do with the sitting president at the time.
"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."
Martellus Bennett had been saying since before the big game that if his team won, he would not accompany them to the White House. Devin McCourty, Chris Long, LeGarrette Blount, Alan Branch and Dont'a Hightower have all followed Bennett and are sitting the visit out.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft says it's normal for players to sit out the White House every year, so he doesn't see why people are making a big deal out of it this year. "Every time we've had the privilege of going to the White House, a dozen of our players don't go," he said. "This is the first time it's gotten any media attention."