New England Patriots Call Out The New York Times' Lack Of Context
- Author: Jack Replman Apr 22, 2017,
Apr 22, 2017, 0:56
The Patriots doubled down on this, but with a photo from George W. Bush's term, "the last time the Patriots won two Super Bowls in three years".
The Times' sports unit tweeted a comparison between the photo op with Trump and that of the team in 2015 when Barack Obama was president.
Other Patriots welcomed the visit, including owner Robert Kraft, a friend of Trump's who contributed $1 million to the president's inauguration committee. This seemed to confirm reports that several players, including star quarterback Tom Brady, would be skipping the event this year.
"Gronk" also revealed a picture with President Trump in The Oval Office, with the two men fist bumping. Thirty-four players came to meet with President Trump on Wednesday, as opposed to an estimated 50 who came to see Obama. He also did not attend in 2015.
"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", read the correction.
"Need some help?" asks the Super Bowl LI victor, who was visiting the president with his team to celebrate their victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
In all, 34 players were present for the Wednesday afternoon ceremony on the South Lawn, a total similar to the team's past visits in 2004 and 2005 but noticeably fewer than in 2002 and 2015.
The newspaper's post showed an Associated Press photo of the Super Bowl champions standing behind Obama on the south side of the White House from two years ago in which stairs on either side of the main group were filled with members of the National Football League organization.
Another group of players - running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive end Chris Long, defensive tackle Alan Branch and tight end Martellus Bennett - boycotted the ceremony because of Trump's policies.
True to their word, they didn't go.