Patriots star Gronk crashes White House press briefing

New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski on Wednesday crashed White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s daily media briefing. 

The former All-Pro tight end, affectionately known as “Gronk,” popped his head through the door of the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room as Spicer answered reporters' questions. 


"Sean, need some help?" the player asked. 

Spicer turned toward Gronkowki and reassured him he could handle the press.

“I think I’ve got this, but thank you,” the spokesman said.

The unexpected interruption earned laughs from the press corps. 

“Alright, that was cool,” said Spicer, a diehard Patriots fan. 

The Patriots are at the White House on Wednesday to celebrate their Super Bowl victory with President Trump.

Several players, however, are not joining Gronkowski for the celebration, including some who say they are skipping for political reasons. 

Super Bowl MVP quarterback Tom Brady announced Wednesday morning he is not attending due to "personal family matters.” 

Brady’s mother has reportedly been battling cancer.

Trump has repeatedly spoken about his friendship with Brady and team owner Robert Kraft. 

Kraft donated $1 million to Trump's inaugural committee and recently traveled back to Washington with the president on Air Force One from a weekend trip to his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla.

- Updated at 1:05 p.m.