The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl on February 3rd. As a new N.F.L. Season approaches in two weeks, but it's far from certain that they will not have the usual White House congratulatory ceremony, an event that was often strained or split under President Trump.
The lack of a ceremony that both sides have said has nothing to do with politics, but everything that has to do with bad planning is all the stranger than the owner of the team, Robert K. Kraft, is a friend and supporter , Coach Bill Belichick wrote a letter of support to Mr. Trump a few days before the 2016 election. And Tom Brady, the team's star quarterback, is also known to have a relationship with Mr. Trump.
"We would welcome them to the White House in the future if a future date turns out," said a White House spokesman.
At this time, the patriots, known for their disciplined training under Mr. Belichick, are sure to find no time to visit for their rigorous match practice and preseason.
The Patriots play the Washington Redskins in Washington on October 6 and the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore on November 3, but NFL It is not known that teams change their elaborate schedules in the days leading up to the regular season games.
This is probably the second year in a row that the N.F.L. Master did not visit the White House. In 2018, the president abolished the Philadelphia Eagles after most of the players and coaches announced they would boycott the visit in response to the president's call for players to play during the national anthem.
After the Patriots' victory in February, three players – Devin and Jason McCourty and Duron Harmon – said they would skip the visit to the White House if they were invited.
The Patriots have visited the White House five times after Super Bowl victories. Four of these trips took place in April and one in May. The teams are usually together in the spring for training, which makes it a pleasant time.
(At the ceremony in 2017, shortly after Mr. Trump's inauguration, at least two dozen players skipped the event, including Brady, who said he would spend time with his sick mother Devin McCourty Jason McCourty was not yet a member of the team.)
The two sides had scheduled a visit for the Patriots in April, but when that failed, the White House gave the team several alternatives. The Patriots chose from this list a date in May. But the president's schedule was delayed and the visit was canceled. The teamworkout continued in June, followed by player holidays.
Mr. Kraft came into legal trouble in February when he was charged with recruiting a prostitute in Florida. However, the case was dismissed in May for lack of evidence. The White House official said the case had nothing to do with the planned Snafus.
While the Patriots are unlikely to visit the White House this season, Kraft has recently been there. In July, the President invited him and other business leaders to a dinner in honor of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the ruling Emir of Qatar.
Visits to White House sports championship teams became problematical during Trump's term because of his criticism of protests during the anthem and his racially condemned immigration and rhetoric policy. Most recently, the US women's national team received no invitation after their World Cup victory in July, and team captain Megan Rapinoe made it clear she would not go.