Trump, Patriots fight back against White House attendance photos

The Super Bowl Champions visited the White House to meet the President, which is customary after a Super Bowl win.

Several Patriots players kept to their vows to skip the White House ceremony in protest at Donald Trump's presidency. He continued to day that the Pats had done something special, and they are all proud of it, and will be for years to come.

The Patriots strongly refuted a Times tweet showing the 2015 and 2017 photographs, saying the comparisons "lack context".

The Patriots also tweeted out a photo of the staff on the stairs. The 39-year-old quarterback cited "personal family matters" as the reason for his absence from the trip to Washington D.C. to celebrate their Super Bowl victory.

While it isn't clear why Brady was not present, he also did not attend the White House visit in 2015.

"Patriots' turnout for President Obama in 2015 vs. Patriots' turnout for President today", New York Times Sports wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

A Patriots' spokesperson confirmed to The Independent, however, that more players attended the event in 2015 than 2017.

The team added that the size of the group was similar to when they celebrated with President George W. Bush in 2004 and 2005.

It is thought the football player will be spending time with his mother, Galynn, who has been battling cancer since past year (16).

The New York Times reports that, other than Brady, the missing players included the following: running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive end Chris Long, defensive tackle Alan Branch, linebacker Dont'a Hightower, tight end Martellus Bennett, and safety Devin McCourty.

During the afternoon of the White House visit, Brady's wife Gisele tweet a link that brought her followers to an anti-Trump environmental rally.

"I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today", Brady said in a statement.

We must say we're surprised at the amount of guys who did show up for the photo-op, but then again, Trump loving Bill Belichick is capable of cutting anyone not named Tom Brady from the team so it is what it is.

  • Julie Sanders