White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer got an unexpected interruption when briefing reporters Wednesday afternoon.
New England Patriots tight end Robert Gronkowski, known by his nickname ‘Gronk,’ snuck into the briefing room though the lower press door behind Spicer’s podium.
‘Need some help?’ the Super Bowl champ offered, as reporters in the briefing room laughed.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer seemed delighted that his press briefing was interrupted Wednesday by a special guest: New England Patriots tight end Robert Gronkowski
Robert Gronkowski (left) crept into the briefing room as Sean Spicer (right) stood at the podium – and offered his help
‘That was cool,’ admitted White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, a native New Englander and a Patriots fan
Robert Gronkowski is among the New England Patriots players who will attend an event with Donald Trump at the White House today
Spicer, a native New Englander and Patriots fan, stopped the press briefing to reply.
‘I think I got this, but thank you,’ Spicer chuckled.
‘You sure?’ Gronkowski followed up.
‘Uhh maybe,’ Spicer answered.
The press secretary grinned, ‘Alright, thanks man, I’ll see you in a minute.’
And then told reporters, ‘That was cool.’
The New England Patriots, minus their star quarterback Tom Brady, will be appearing at the White House today alongside President Trump, as he officially congratulates them for their February Super Bowl win over the Atlanta Falcons.
The Patriots made a last minute comeback to beat the Falcons 34 to 28.
The White House trip comes the same day as a more unfortunate chapter in the team’s history, as former player Aaron Hernandez, serving a life sentence for murder, was found dead in his prison cell, after committing suicide by hanging.
The fact that Brady is missing the White House affair is also a disappointment, though the quarterback released a statement thanking the president for opening the people’s house to his teammates.
‘In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today’s ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters,’ Brady said in a statement released Wednesday morning. ‘Hopefully, if we accomplish the goal of winning a championship in future years, we will be back on the South Lawn again soon.’
Later Wednesday morning, Brady put a photo of his parents on Instragram, revealing that today marked 48 years of marriage, which likely was the reason why the quarterback skipped out.
His mother is currently battling cancer.