Super Bowl champion and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady explained why he decided to stay home when he and his teammates were invited to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House to congratulate them on their victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
"It was to spend time with my mom, and that's pretty important to me" Brady told "Extra" reporters at the Met Gala red carpet on May 1, according to TMZ. "It's been a great year, but it's even better to spend time with my parents, and my kids, and I can't wait to get that ring. That's what I'm really looking for, that ring ceremony in a couple of months."
During the interview, the NFL star, whose mother was diagnosed with cancer two years ago, also spoke about how his team's win is affecting them heading into the coming year of football.
"We started the new season, so we've moved on in a lot of ways," he explained. "We'll be ready to kick some butt here starting in a couple months. Right now we're just training ... it's good to be back to work."
The Patriots headed to the White House on April 19 to celebrate winning the Super Bowl in 2017, but Brady was one of several team members to stay home after issuing a statement hours before the meeting.
"In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today's ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters," he said in a statement at the time. "I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today. Our team has accomplished something very special that we are all proud of and will be for years to come. Thank you to the president for hosting this honorary celebration and for supporting our team for as long as I can remember."
He went on to say that he hoped to "be back on the South Lawn again soon" with his teammates to celebrate future championships.
Though Brady's wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, has reportedly ordered her husband to refrain from political discussions, the quarterback has said in the past that he and the president have been friends for at least 16 years, according to USA Today's For The Win.
"He's been very supportive of me for a long time," Brady said on WEEI’s "The Kirk and Callahan Show," notes For The Win. "It's just a friendship. I have a lot of friends. I call a lot of people ... if you know someone it doesn’t mean you agree with everything they say or they do."