Donald Trump doesn't mention Tom Brady in speech during Patriots' White House visit

If Donald Trump and Tom Brady are really best friends, Trump has an awkward way of showing it.

During the Patriots' visit to the White House on Wednesday, Trump managed to completely snub Brady by not mentioning the quarterback's name a single time during his 10-minute congratulatory speech to the team. 

Now, you could try and argue that maybe Trump didn't do this on purpose, but you'll have a hard time winning that argument. When you're congratulating a team for pulling off the greatest comeback win in Super Bowl history, you almost have to go out of your way not to mention the man who threw for 466 yards, three touchdowns and eventually won the game's MVP award.  

Everyone on Twitter seemed to think it was a little weird that Trump didn't mention Brady. 

For the record, Trump mentioned players like Marcus Cannon, Malcolm Mitchell and Nate Ebner; however, there was no mention of Brady. If you're thinking that maybe Trump just decided to not mention any of the players who skipped out on the White House visit, that doesn't seem to be the case because Danny Amendola -- who wasn't in attendance -- got a shout-out during the speech. 

If Trump did snub Brady on purpose, it's possible that the president was slightly upset at Brady's decision not to attend the White House ceremony. Just hours before the event on Wednesday, Brady announced that he wouldn't be going to the White House due to a "family matter." 

Later in the day, Brady gave us clue of what that family matter might be: He shared a picture on Instagram in honor of his parents' 48th wedding anniversary. 

Just as a refresher, the Patriots' Super Bowl win was the only game all season where Brady's mom, Galynn, was able to attend. 

In the months leading up to the Super Bowl, Galynn had been undergoing chemotherapy and radiation

It's also within the realm of possibility that Gisele just put her foot down. Back in November, Gisele went on Instagram and said Brady wouldn't be supporting Trump.

Whatever the reason for Brady's absence, Trump's snub might mean that their bromance is finally over. 

Anyway, not everyone on the Patriots' roster backed out of the White House visit. For instance, Rob Gronkowski was in Washington, and we know that because he crashed Sean Spicer's press briefing

Patriots coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft seemed to have a good time at the event. 

Here's Belichick and his girlfriend, Linda Holliday, posing in the oval office with Trump. 

One person who definitely won't ever be skipping the White House ceremony is Belichick. The Patriots coach has shown up every year no matter who's in office. As a matter of fact, by meeting Trump, Belichick became the first NFL coach ever to visit with three different presidents following a Super Bowl win. 

Belichick ended the ceremony by presenting Trump with his very own Patriots jersey. 

That's a pretty nice gift for a guy who left his Super Bowl party early because he thought the Patriots were going to get blown out. 

Anyway, Brady wasn't the only one who didn't make the trip to D.C. on Wednesday. 

Pretty much half the Patriots' roster decided they had better things to do than meet Trump. If you're keeping score at home, here's a list of everyone who had something better to do:

In all, 34 out of 68 invited players attended the ceremony Wednesday.

It seems that the team was slightly more enthusiastic about their White House trip after the 2014 season, because 50 players attended the D.C. ceremony while Barack Obama was president. 

CBS Sports Writer

John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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