New England Patriots dispute Times tweet about WH crowd size

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President Donald Trump slammed the New York Times Thursday for posting images contrasting the New England Patriots' 2015 and 2017 White House Super Bowl celebrations. The Times' photos showed the 2015 team filling up the White House staircases while no players were standing on the steps in its photo of Wednesday's event. I made a decision in about four minutes that clearly warranted much more time.

"James said that one reason substantially fewer players showed up this time as compared to 2015 was that some veteran players did not see the need to go twice in three years", The New York Times reported.

The Patriots organization, however, says that the photos are misleading. "In 2015, over 40 football staff were on the stairs".

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It then posted photos of the team's two White House visits showing that the turnout was roughly the same. The two photos show the Patriots personnel with the president on the south side of the White House. "In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn", the team said on its Twitter account.

The New England Patriots celebrated their Super Bowl LI victory by visiting the White House on Wednesday.

Of course, Trump himself also blasted the New York Times.

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The sports media, which the writers themselves admit has become a very liberal profession, continue to celebrate athletes for boycotting the Trump White House or stating in advance that they would do so. Tom Brady was a late scratch from the visit because of a personal issue, and a few other players declined to make the trip.

Notable by his absence was Tom Brady, the Super Bowl MVP and President Trump's longtime pal who released a last-minute statement that he was unable to attend because of unspecified family reasons.

The New England Patriots' rivalry with NY has spilled into politics.

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A Patriots spokesman told the Times that 34 players attended this week's ceremony. Both those visits were when George W. Bush was president.

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