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Fans Have Mixed Feelings On Tom Brady Skipping White House Honor

Tom Brady can do no wrong, right?

Not so fast. Fans taking in the Celtics-Cavs playoff game at TD Garden had mixed reactions to Brady's decision to take a pass on the White House ceremony honoring the Super Bowl champs today.

Brady -- who visited the White House all three times the Patriots won the Super Bowl during the George W. Bush administration -- missed Thursday's ceremony for what the team called a "family commitment."

While some fans stood by their man and proclaimed "family comes first," others were not so sympathetic and found the decision to be "disrespectful."

Longtime Patriots and Celtics fan Mark Wahlberg was not in attendance at the Garden for Game 3, but lent his support for Brady from the left coast.

"Well, he must have something really important to do," Wahlberg said from Beverly Hills. "Family first. He'll be there next year."

According to a report in the Boston Herald, Brady "has so few free days, he didn't want to use one."

There is also speculation that a previous comment by White House press secretary Josh Earnest may have contributed to Brady's decision to skip the Washington trip.

After Brady's less-than-polished presser defending himself on Deflategate, Earnest took a shot at Brady from the White House.

“For years it’s been clear that there is no risk that I was going to take Tom Brady’s job as quarterback of the New England Patriots,” Earnest said. “But I can tell you, as of today, it’s pretty clear that there’s no risk of him taking my job either.”

Additional reports indicated that Brady may have been on the west coast to celebrate his parent's 50th wedding anniversary, but Brady's parents were married on April 19, 1969, making this the 46th anniversary.

President Barack Obama made a quick mention of Brady's absence while speaking about the Patriots' Super Bowl victory on the south lawn.

"All game long, you saw what made this team special," Obama said. "There was, of course, Tom Brady. Although Tom Brady couldn’t be here with us today, he engineered a pair of surgical fourth-quarter touchdown drives."

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Several former Patriots players who have signed elsewhere, such as Darrelle Revis, joined the team in Washington, while Vince Wilfork did not attend.

Former Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas certainly took a boatload of grief in Boston when he skipped the White House visit after the 2011 Stanley Cup championship. Thomas cited his views on government when explaining his decision.

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