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Kraft downplays significance of players skipping White House visit

Kraft downplays significance of players skipping White House visit
Published On: Mon, Feb 13
May 27, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (left) and president Jonathan Kraft (right) walk onto the field with first-round draft choice defensive lineman Malcom Brown at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Kraft is close friends with President Donald Trump, but the Patriots owner isn't taking it personally that a number of his players have already said they're skipping the team's White House trip.

Kraft and Trump had dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinz Abe last week, and on the Today Show this morning, he was asked whether his friendship with the president had strained his relationship with Patriots players.

"Well, you know what's interesting, this is our, I'm happy to say, fifth Super Bowl in the last 15, 16 years," Kraft said. "And every time we've had the privilege of going to the White House, a dozen of our players don't go. This is the first time it's gotten any media attention."

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