The Patriots will be visiting the White House on Wednesday to be honored for winning Super Bowl LI, but Tom Brady will not be attending.

The quarterback gave a statement to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

Tom Brady will not be at the White House Wednesday. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady will not be at the White House Wednesday. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots will be visiting the White House on Wednesday to be honored for winning Super Bowl LI, but Tom Brady will not be attending.

The quarterback gave a statement to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

“I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today,” Brady wrote. “Our team has accomplished something very special that we are all very 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.

“In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today’s ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters. Hopefully, if we accomplish the goal of winning a championship in future years, we will be back on the South Lawn again soon. Have a great day!”

Reiss added Brady’s mother Galynn, who has been battling an illness for some time which forced her to attend only one game this season, is in Boston.

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Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in prison early Wednesday morning, the the Department of Correction confirmed.

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Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in prison early Wednesday morning. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in prison early Wednesday morning, the the Department of Correction confirmed.

According to the Department of Correction, Hernandez was discovered hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts at approximately 3:05 a.m.

“Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit,” the statement read. “Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window. Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.”

He was transported to UMass Leominster Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. Wednesday morning.

This comes five days after he was acquitted of a double-murder outside a Boston night club in 2012. He was serving a life without parole sentence for murdering Odin Lloyd in 2013.

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Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in prison early Wednesday morning. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in prison early Wednesday morning, the the Department of Correction confirmed.

According to the Department of Correction, Hernandez was discovered hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts at approximately 3:05 a.m.

“Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit,” the statement read. “Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window. Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.”

He was transported to UMass Leominster Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. Wednesday morning.

This comes five days after he was acquitted of a double-murder outside a Boston night club in 2012. He was serving a life without parole sentence for murdering Odin Lloyd in 2013.

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The Patriots will be visiting the White House and Donald Trump on Wednesday, but several players have already made it known they will not be going.

Alan Branch explained why he will not be going to the White House. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Alan Branch explained why he will not be going to the White House. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots will be visiting the White House and Donald Trump on Wednesday, but several players have already made it known they will not be going.

Defensive tackle Alan Branch is one of those players and he shared for the first time exactly why he will not be going to the Boston Globe’s Annie Linskey.

“I wouldn’t spend time away from my family to shake the hand of a guy I wouldn’t want to meet with or talk to,” Branch said. “I can’t see myself going and then hanging out with my kids and pretending everything was all right.”

Branch was offended by President Trump’s sexist comments caught on an Access Hollywood video. He also didn’t like Trump’s “locker-room banter” line.

“I’ve never heard nor talked like that in my life in a locker room, and my 11th season is coming up,” he said. “The way he talked, so aggressively, I’ve just never heard that. I am uncomfortable with that.”

Branch isn’t the only player not going.

Dont’a Hightower, Chris Long, Martellus Bennett, LeGarrette Blount and Devin McCourty have all said they will not be attending.

“What I would say is, I mean, I’d say we’re honored and humbled to be extended the invitation to the White House,” Nick Caserio said Tuesday. “It’s a great opportunity for the team to be recognized for the accomplishments of last season. I think we’re respectful of players and their individual positions. Everybody has their own personal beliefs and feelings on it, but I think it’s important – I mean it’s a great opportunity. People have gone in the past. People haven’t gone in the past.

“I think everybody’s situation – I mean I would say for my staff some guys haven’t been before so this is a great opportunity to be honored, and rewarded and recognized for the accomplishments of what the team did last year, which nobody can take away from us.”

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The busy Tuesday for the Patriots continued into the night.

James White reportedly is now signed through 2020. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

James White reportedly is now signed through 2020. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

The busy Tuesday for the Patriots continued into the night.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Patriots have signed running back James White to a three-year contract extension. He was scheduled to be a free agent after this season, so the Patriots have their third-down back for several more years.

White will now be a free agent after the 2020 season.

He is most known for his game-winning overtime touchdown in Super Bowl LI, but he also had a great game before that short run. He had 14 catches for 110 yards and also six carries for 29 yards.

Going into the year, there was no running back signed beyond this season. Now, if the Patriots land Mike Gillespee, they will have Gillespee and White for 2018 to go along with Rex Burkhead and Dion Lewis in 2017.

It’s also worth noting with the contract extension, White could potentially one day challenge Kevin Faulk for the best third-down back in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era.

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Tuesday turned into a pretty busy day for the Patriots.