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New England Patriots dispute Times tweet about WH crowd size

Less than half as many Patriots showed up for Donald Trump as Barack Obama Patriots call out New York Times over misleading photo of White House attendance
Manuel Armenta | 21 Abril, 2017, 03:22

U.S. President Donald Trump poses for photographs with the New England Patriots during a celebration of the team's Super Bowl victory on the South Lawn at the White House.

The team later tweeted a photo with the staff on the stairs and it didn't look much different from the 2015 pic.

In the Times' story in print, which included just one photo, Patriots spokesman Stacey James said the reason fewer players showed up Wednesday than the 50 at the 2015 celebration was because numerous veteran players didn't see a reason to attend the second event in three years.

The Patriots later said that the photos shown were misleading, and took to Twitter to explain the difference in the two photos.

As we can see above, a similar pattern emerged in 2004 and 2005 when substantially fewer players showed up to the White House as compared to the 2002 visit following the franchise's first Super Bowl win.

Photos shot by Getty Images appear to show hundreds of additional spectators taking in Trump's congratulatory speech from the White House lawn, which provided the president with the ammunition he needed. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51 last February in a historic come-from-behind victory, making them National Football League world champions for the fifth time.

The Times also added a correction to a story about the gathering, writing: "An earlier version of this article included photos comparing the size of the Patriots' gathering at the White House in 2015 and the gathering on Wednesday".

Trump noted the kerfuffle and tweeted about the New York Times on Thursday morning. Quarterback Tom Brady, whom Trump has called a friend, was among the missing, citing "personal family matters".

But the celebrity web side reported Trump felt "betrayed" by Brady's absence, and made no mention of him at the White House event. Of course, he stayed home in 2015 as well, so who knows with that guy.

The New York Times obtained a reaction from a Patriots' rep about the matter of size.

A short time later the Times issued an update, saying the Patriots told them fewer players attended this year but that the total delegation was roughly the same.

That's when George W. Bush was president.