Patriots meet Trump without Tom Brady, some teammates

After winning the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots were invited to visit President Donald Trump on Wednesday, but the team's quarterback announced in a statement that he wouldn't be able to make it.

The affable Gronkowski opened a door behind White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday afternoon.

He interrupted Spicer's briefing by asking if he needed any help.

Patriots owner Robert K. Kraft contributed $1 million to Trump's inauguration, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

Kraft praised Trump, and commented that their comeback performance in the Super Bowl was very similar to the victory in the presidential campaign by Trump.

Trump recognized several Patriots players for their efforts during the 25-point comeback, including Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell, Julian Edelman and Nate Ebner.

"He's becoming a pretty famous guy for winning, I'll tell you that", Trump said of Kraft, who was one of several National Football League team owners to donate $1 million to his inaugural committee. No team has been this good for this long. As of Sunday, Tom Brady had reportedly been expected to attend the said festivities.

Looking ahead to the 100-day mark and setting an side executive orders, can you say what the single piece of legislation that you are proudest that you got through the Congress that was on the president's agenda? He also had to attend a previous family commitment following their Super Bowl win two years ago.

On Wednesday morning, Hernandez was found dead of apparent suicide in his cell at a maximum-security prison in MA.

Hernandez, who played for the Patriots from 2010 to 2012, was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction.

Jurors in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez have begun their sixth day of deliberations.

In all, 34 Patriots players attended the White House - a comparable number to in years past.

After the Super Bowl, McCourty told Time he wouldn't attend because he doesn't "feel accepted in the White House".

Trump borrowed one of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick's most famous phrases in his speech honoring the defending champions. "With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won't".