Trump opts not to mention Brady during Patriots ceremony at White House

Trump opts not to mention Brady during Patriots ceremony at White House

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Donald Trump spoke for a few minutes before being presented a No. 45 jersey by Patriots owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick at Wednesday's ceremony here celebrating the Super Bowl LI champions. During his spiel he mentioned a number of players, including Julian Edelman, Malcolm Mitchell, Marcus Cannon, Joe Cardona, Matthew Slater, Nate Ebner and Trey Flowers. 

One name was conspiculously abest from his remarks: Tom Brady. 

Brady did not make the trip to the White House, telling ESPN's Mike Reiss that he had some personal family matters to attend to. He was one of 34 players invited that was not present

It came as some surprise, though, that Trump did not take the opportunity to shed light on his long-time relationship with Brady. It was a name he had no trouble mentioning during his campaign for president, and one he highlighted during a trip to New Hampshire just before the election.

Trump seemed more surprised by receiver Danny Amendola's absence than Brady's, since Amendola's name was not scrubbed from the notes on the presidential podium. During Trump's speech, Amendola was among the first names mentioned. Trump then turned to the team behind him and asked Amendola to identify himself. He wasn't present.

Report: Giants, Blount have 'mutual interest'

Report: Giants, Blount have 'mutual interest'

The Patriots’ offseason activity with regard to running backs essentially ended LeGarrette Blount’s time in New England. Now he’s looking for his next team. 

According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, there is “mutual interest” between Blount and the Giants. 

Blount played last season on a one-year, $1 million in New England. Though he is coming off a career-best 1,161 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns, the 30-year-old’s spot on New England’s roster disappeared with the team’s acquisitions of Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee. 

The Patriots officially acquired Gillislee on a two-year contract Monday when the Bills declined to match New England’s contract offer to the restricted free agent. By declining to match, the Bills received a fifth-round pick from the Pats for the 26-year-old. 
 

Felger: How Patriots can get their draft picks back

Felger: How Patriots can get their draft picks back

Mike Felger has found a way for the New England Patriots to get their picks back.