The Patriots went to Donald Trump's White House on Wednesday for a visit that seemed fraught with controversy from the moment the team sealed its Super Bowl comeback against the Falcons. There were questions about who would and would not attend the event, and for what reasons. There was talk about the close relationship between the president and Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. And there was just the thought of Trump and the Patriots sharing the South Lawn stage together, providing a visual nightmare to the millions of Americans who despise them both. It didn't seem like the typical fun, lighthearted sports team trip to the White House – and that was before we learned the news early on Wednesday morning that a former team-mate killed himself in his Massachusetts prison cell.