Brady won't visit White House, attending to 'personal family matters'

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Brady won't visit White House, attending to 'personal family matters'

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Tom Brady will not be making the trip to Donald Trump's White House with the Patriots on Wednesday, he told ESPN's Mike Reiss.

In a statement, Brady explained that he had some "personal family matters" to attend to. 

Reiss noted in a subsequent tweet that Brady's mother, Galynn, is currently in Boston. She attended just one of Brady's games last season -- the Super Bowl -- due to illness. 

A Brady family source told Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran during Super Bowl week that Galynn Brady had been dealing with health issues for well over a year. Her illness has been a major source of concern for the family, including Tom Brady Sr., and Brady’s sisters, Julie, Maureen and Nancy.

Brady did not attend the celebration of the 2014 Patriots at the White House two years ago due to what was reported then as a prior family commitment. He did attend all three White House ceremonies following New England's first three Super Bowl title runs. 

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Football is coming.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.

Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.

The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.

The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.