The New England Patriots and the White House have reportedly been struggling to lock down a date for the Super Bowl champs' visit.
According to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe, "A team spokesman said that the Patriots and the White House have been trading dates throughout April and May for the team to be honored, but one of the two sides has had a conflict each time."
This directly follows the Red Sox/White House saga, in which tensions flared over some players choosing not to make the trip.
Traditionally, teams from the nation's four major professional leagues, as well as NCAA champions in some instances, who win their respective championship each year, visit the White House for a ceremony with The President.
In recent years, as politics have become more extreme, the decision of athletes whether or not to attend the ceremony has become a sort of highly scrutinized litmus test.
In light of this, according to Volin's article, merely scheduling is the reason for the Patriots having yet to make their visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, which, in Super Bowl winning years, has usually occurred by now as Volin points out:
"The Patriots have usually visited the White House at this point in the spring after a Super Bowl victory. Four of their previous five visits have come in April, and the 2004 visit came on May 10."
The Patriots last visited the White House after winning Super Bowl LI in 2017, which occurred on April 19th of that year.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady notably did not attend the event, but indicated his absence was, much like the Patriots' presently delayed visit, also due to scheduling.
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