VERIFY: Did majority of the Patriots skip out on White House visit?

Patriots spokesperson Stacey James told the New York Times 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".

A separate Times news story reported that "two dozen or more other players", including Tom Brady, didn't attend the White House ceremony.

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

In a recently released video by Patriots Devin McCourty and Chris Long, the players and lifelong Patriots fans explain the pride that they carry with the team and why they don't support President Trump and his administration.

"Fact - In 2015, over 40 football staff were on the stairs". But for the Trump visit, those staffers were seated on the South Lawn. Awful tweet. I wish I could say it's complicated, but no, this one is pretty straight forward. "Terrible Tweet", said Jason Stallman in a statement issued to Yahoo News' Colin Campbell. It was my idea, it was my execution, it was my blunder. ".I made a decision in about four minutes that clearly warranted more time".

On Thursday, both Trump and the Patriots complained about the initial photo comparison, posted through the account of The New York Times' sports department, saying that it was inaccurate.

But, it wasn't a fair comparison: the photo showing more players in 2015 also showed staff as well as players, whereas the 2017 photo only featured players.

"The confetti hadn't hit the ground after the game before people asked the players if they'd be attending the White House", he said.

  • Salvatore Jensen