Tom Brady's decision to stay behind wile the New England Patriots visited the White House has been a topic of discussion over the past week.

A report from ESPN indicated that the Patriots quarterback was at Gillette Stadium at the same time his teammates were meeting with President Barack Obama.

No matter what the excuse is, Steve Buckley still doesn't see it as a big deal.

"I've been consistent going all the way back to 2007. Manny Ramirez, Theo Epstein, Tim Thomas, Tom Brady," said Buckley. I hate to do seventh grade civics, but we do live in a country where if the guy who runs the country invites you to his house and you don't go, you're not going to get shot. I don't have a problem with Manny, I don't have a problem with this guy."

Cedric Maxwell believes Brady should have gone to the nation's capital to represent New England.

"If you don't like the guy, that's one thing. If you're representing your team, maybe you should think of it another way, especially if you're that key component," said Maxwell. "You are the guy, so you're representing the organization when you go, and your city. So I probably would've went."

Maxwell has an interesting take on the topic because he also declined an invitation to the White House in 1984.

What was his reason?

"I was getting married. I should've went, though. Should've gone to the White House instead," he joked.