After several of his Patriots teammates announced that they would be declining an invitation to visit President Donald Trump at the White House, Tom Brady posted something on social media that some believe may be a message to them.
Following the New England Patriots' Super Bowl win, the team was invited to the White House by Trump. Shortly after receiving the invitation, however, six players revealed that they would not be attending.
According to The Blaze, the players who announced that they did not plan to visit the White House are defensive tackle Alan Branch, running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive back Devin McCourty, tight end Martellus Bennett, linebacker Dont'a Hightower, and defensive end Chris Long.
Blount revealed that he would not be attending the meeting with the president because he does not "feel welcome in that house." Bennett and MCourty had similar reasons for skipping the meeting, with Bennett saying, "I don't support the guy that's in the house."
Branch says he will not visit the White House in order to spend time with his family.
"I've got four kids at home so I'm just going to hang out with the family and continue celebrating until the next season starts," Branch said in an interview on SiriusXm NFL Radio.
According to The Blaze, Branch avoided bringing up politics in his interview, but did attend a meeting with former President Barack Obama at the White House after the Patriots' 2015 win.
Hightower reportedly said that he will not attend because he has "been there, done that."
Following the news that his teammates will not be visiting the White House, quarterback Brady posted on Instagram, and what he wrote lead many to believe that he may have been throwing shade at the teammates who decided to pass on the meeting.
"This is why we love sports, right? No dogma, no blind faith, no rules you have to buy into - just attendance," Brady wrote in a post on Instagram. "Show up, and miracles happen. People of every race, religion, ethnicity, political POV and lifestyle shared. Singular experience for a few hours and become one."
According to the Independent Journal Review, Brady has not confirmed whether or not he will attend, though the quarterback has spent time with Trump prior to his presidency.
It is not yet clear how many Patriots players plan to attend the White House meeting in celebration of their Super Bowl win.