Despite speculation about his reasons for missing Donald Trump’s White House Super Bowl celebration last week, Tom Brady appears to have missed it for circumstance’s outside of his control.
New England Patriot quarterback Tom Brady did not attend the celebration as his good friend, President Donald Trump, congratulated the team for their historic Super Bowl win. Although Brady released a statement indicating his absence was because of ‘family matters’, the lack of details created much speculation.
Former Patriot’s player and close friend Donte Stallworth commented about Brady’s reasons on Sunday. He said Brady was with his mother, Galynn, who is sick.
Stallworth told TMZ, “Speaking to a couple of guys that are extremely close with Tommy, his mother hasn’t been feeling too well. I do know that he wanted to be here, obviously.” He said it was a “trying time” for the whole family.
Brady’s mother Galynn has been battling cancer for the past year, undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments, preventing her from attending many games.
Although Brady doesn’t talk about his mother’s ongoing health battle, he did reveal she was sick in February.
“Mom is doing better,” he told People at the time. “She’s been going through a lot — a lot of intensive treatment. But the prognosis is good. She’s not quite through it yet, but hopefully there was some healing energy from our game last night.”
Galynn was at The Super Bowl earlier this year. After the game, she joined Brady on the field to celebrate the Patriot’s victory, creating some memorable moments and emotional photos.
Some media outlets thought that Brady wasn’t at the White House celebration due to objections by his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen. A few hours before Brady announced that he would miss the event, Bundchen tweeted support of an anti-Trump global warming rally taking place later this month.
Although she later deleted the tweet, hopeful reports that Brady was prevented from showing support for Trump emerged. Words like “boycott” were used, although there was no indication that the Trump/Brady friendship was in trouble.
On the day of the visit, Brady posted an anniversary tribute to his parents, leading to speculation that he was with them.
Stallworth said that even though Brady wanted to go to The White House event, he puts his mother first. Stallworth didn’t think that there was any trouble between Brady and Trump personally.
“They have been friends for a very long time, I remember in 2007 Donald Trump being in our locker room”. Stallworth said. “Their relationship goes way back so at the very least, they are friends. I think their relationship will be fine.”
Aside from Brady’s absence, the event at the White House was also somewhat tempered by the suicide of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. He had been convicted of one murder and had just been cleared of two other murders. He was found hanging in his cell on Wednesday morning.
At Trump’s celebration ceremony, he did not mention Hernandez or Brady. He congratulated the Patriots for the “greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time”.
When asked about his teammates deciding to miss the visit. “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.” He said in reference to the White House visit he missed under former President Barack Obama. “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.”
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