New England Patriots dispute Times tweet about WH crowd size
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 21, 2017,
Apr 21, 2017, 3:32
Sounds like President Trump was not too happy that his good friend Tom Brady bailed on the New England Patriots' White House visit at the last minute. The first was taken during the Patriots' visit with President Barack Obama in 2015, with the second being the Patriots' visit with President Trump on Wednesday.
A reported 34 members of the Patriots visited the Trump White House on Wednesday in celebration of winning Super Bowl 51.
That said, there were in fact fewer players at yesterday's ceremony than at the one held two years ago. It was the team's fifth Super Bowl victory since 1960.
But just hours before the White House ceremony, Bündchen reportedly promoted an anti-Trump protest, the People's Climate March, saying, "On April 29th in Washington- D.C. - March for climate, jobs, and justice". Facts: In 2015, over 40 football staff were on the stairs.
The Patriots also tweeted its official attendance numbers from Wednesday's event along with its visit in 2005. "In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn", the team said on its Twitter account.
There is also a history of players skipping a White House visit, although a larger group of Pats players opted out this time for political reasons, i.e., their antipathy towards Trump, perhaps owing to pressure from activist groups.
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.
On Thursday, New York Times sports editor Jason Stallman apparently offered up an apology while talking to Colin Campbell of Yahoo, although there was no attribution. "James said, however, that the size of the Patriots' full delegation for each trip to the White House has been roughly the same".
A Patriots spokesman told the Times that 34 players attended this week's ceremony.