But let's play cynic here for a second and assume that Brady is using "family matters" as cover to skip the White House.
Brady was a late absentee from the visit. It was reported during the week before the Super Bowl that his mother had been battling illness, which was later revealed to be cancer, for at least 18 months.
Trump commended Kraft for building a "culture dedicated to winning" and noted that "he started it with his coach", Belichick. Messages left with Brady's agent and the White House were not immediately returned. This is a guy who, outside of New England, is considered a cheater by a sizable chunk of the National Football League fanbase.
Trump is already planning to attend a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on May 25 and travel to Sicily for a Group of Seven leaders' summit scheduled for May 26-28.
Having new photos of him and Trump together would do little to win back the affection of those he's already alienated. To paraphrase a possibly apocryphal Michael Jordan quote: Democrats buy Uggs too.
The Patriots were the first champions to visit the White House since President Trump took office in January; they defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI in February.
Martellus Bennett, Chris Long, Devin McCourty, Dont'a Hightower, Alan Branch, and LeGarrette Blount were not at the ceremony, saying previouslythat they do not agree with either Trump's behavior or his policies.
In photos posted to social media Wednesday, the New England Patriots' turnout at the White House this year seemed to be noticeably smaller than in 2015, when the team last visited the executive residence. They have made a few of them over their past ten years.
Brady was conspicuously absent from Wednesday's team trip to the White House to meet Trump, though unlike some teammates who stayed away in protest over the president's politics, the quarterback is dealing with personal issues. The outspoken Bennett had joked that he might move to outer space after Donald J. Trump was elected.
Trump commented on the team's wonderful comeback in the Super Bowl, stunning the world for pushing the game into overtime and winning the game despite a 25-point deficit in the second half.