The defending Super Bowl champions are heading to the White House on Wednesday, but some players will be skipping the visit because of President Donald Trump.
"Need some help?" Gronkowski, dressed in a suit and tie, playfully asked when he peered out from a corner of the room.
Seven members of the team did not attend the White House event, including some who said they were skipping it for political reasons.
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Hernandez played three seasons for the team before he was arrested and charged with murder in the 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee's sister.
Wide Receiver Danny Amendola thanked Trump "for the shout out" and said he had a funeral to attend.
Trump is seen holding a jersey as head coach Bill Belichick (left) and team owner Robert Kraft (right) look on.
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The team recently won the Super Bowl, and the athletes met President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at 1 p.m.to celebrate before going to the South Lawn for a ceremony. Trump frequently describes Brady as a friend.
The visit came on the same day as the news that former Patriot's tight end and convicted murdered Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in prison Wednesday morning.
For comparison's sake, all but four of the Chicago Cubs attended their White House celebration in the closing days of President Obama's administration earlier this past winter.
Players have turned down White House invites ever since such events began to take off under President Ronald Reagan.
"As a kid, you read about history, read about the White House, to actually go in and experience firsthand is something I hope everyone gets the opportunity to do", Mitchell said. Tom has previously called Trump a "good friend," but was recently publicly scrutinized for showing support for the 70-year-old in the 2016 election.
Defensive back Devin McCourty told Time Magazine: "I don't feel accepted in the White House". Two players were brought to speak to reporters after the White House ceremony, but both said they had not known Hernandez.
"I don't believe in excluding other people", McCourty adds.