Trump says “no team has been good this long.”
The Patriots rallied from 25 points down to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in February. It was the team’s fifth Super Bowl title since February 2002.
Trump has repeatedly spoken and tweeted his fandom of the Patriots and his friendship with quarterback Tom Brady and owner Robert Kraft.
Several members of the team said they will not attend the ceremony because of President Trump. Chris Long, Alan Branch, Legarrette Blount, Martellus Bennet, Dont’a Hightower and Devin McCourty said they aren’t making the trip to Washington, D.C.
Reiss published a statement, attributed to Brady, which said: “In light of some recent developments I am unable to attend today’s ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters.”
Guards found the 27-year-old Hernandez hanging from a bedsheet in his cell Wednesday morning at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, where he was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction.
“We are aware of the reports but I don’t anticipate that we will be commenting today,” said Patriots spokesman Stacey James.