As Mary blogged, six Superbowl winning Patriots players won’t be joining the rest of the team during their White House visit. Some have indicated their abstention is due to policy differences with President Trump.

Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady says his choice to visit the White House over the years has not been a political one and refused to publicly litigate the decisions of his teammates.

“Everybody has their own choice.There’s 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,” said Brady:

Brady has called President Trump a friend, but several Patriots have said they will not go because they oppose Trump’s policies. Brady skipped the Patriots’ only White House visit during the Obama years, but he said this morning on PFT Live that had nothing to do with politics.

The Patriots won three Super Bowls when George W. Bush was president, and Brady also went to the Bill Clinton White House in college when Michigan won the national championship. He considers it a valuable experience, but he understands that not everyone will make it.

“It really is a great experience,” Brady said. “Putting politics aside, it never was a political thing. At least, it never was to me. 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’s an offseason. These days are valuable for everybody. You only get so much time with your family and friends, and if people don’t want to go they don’t want to go and that’s their choice.”

Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated is ESPN-ing their coverage, doing their best to make the whole ordeal political.

They end with:

Brady is friends with President Trump and displayed a “Make America Great Again” hat in his locker shortly after the businessman announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination. Patriots owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick are also friends with Trump.

Overly politicized life – 0, Sports being sports – 1. (For today, anyway.)

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