The New England Patriots visited the White House Wednesday to celebrate their 2017 Super Bowl win, but one major player was noticeably absent from the event.
Quarterback Tom Brady will not be attending the team's schedule meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at 1 p.m., which will take place before the group heads to the South Lawn for the event.
"In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today's ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters," Brady said in a statement to ESPN.
Brady, who has long been friendly with Trump, added that he is "so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today," and that he hopes the team can win another Super Bowl and be back on the lawn soon.
ESPN reporter Mike Reiss, who shared Brady's statement on Twitter, wrote in a later tweet that the athlete's mother, Galynn Brady, has been battling an illness.
"Tom Brady's mother, Galynn, attended just one game this season, the Super Bowl, due to illness," he wrote. "She is currently in Boston."
Brady had previously skipped the team's White House visit with President Obama after their Super Bowl win in 2015, citing a "family commitment," BuzzFeed News shares.
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