New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady won't attend his team's celebratory White House visit after their Super Bowl win, due to "personal family matters," The Hill reports.
"I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today. Our team has accomplished something very special that we are all proud of and will be for years to come," he said in a statement.
"In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today's ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters."
The Boston Herald reports that Brady will instead see his mother, who has fought illness for the better part of a year, in Boston today, which is the Patriots' day off from training.
"Mom's doing better," Brady told ESPN Boston. "She's been through a lot. My dad has been through a lot. It's been a really hard year for them. Our prayers are with her. She's the best mom in the world, so it was nice to win for her, nice for her to be there."
Brady previously cited family obligations for missed a White House ceremony for the team with former President Barack Obama in 2015. He was seen at the Patriots' stadium that day, prompting some speculation if he declined to attend for political reasons, according to ESPN.
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