New England Patriots dispute Times tweet about WH crowd size

Gladys Abbott
April 21, 2017

A now-deleted tweet from super model Gisele B√ľndchen, wife of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, is fueling speculation his no-show at the White House Wednesday had more to do with his anti-Trump spouse than ailing mom.

The tweet from The Times sports account appeared to show more attendees at the 2015 Super Bowl celebration with President Barack Obama than at yesterday's ceremony with Trump.

The Patriots, who are owned by Trump friend and fundraiser Robert Kraft, said the newspaper's photo comparison lacked context, noting that the 40-plus football staff on the stairs in 2015, "were seated on the South Lawn" this year.

Brady said he was unable to attend the Wednesday event at which President Donald Trump honored the Super Bowl winners - reportedly because he was spending time with his ailing mother.

Trump claimed he saw a crowd that "looked like a million and a half people" and White House spokesman Sean Spicer claimed the "dishonest" media framed the photos to make the president's crowd look smaller.

"The last time the #Patriots won two Super Bowls in three years, 36 players visited the White House".

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The New York Times responded to the Patriots Wednesday on Twitter.

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. Of course, he stayed home in 2015 as well, so who knows with that guy.

That said, there were in fact fewer players at yesterday's ceremony than at the one held two years ago.

The New England Patriots' rivalry with NY has spilled into politics. Both those visits were when George W. Bush was president.

The Times added an update on its Twitter feed Wednesday night saying: "Patriots say # of players was smaller this year than 2015 (34 vs. 50) but total delegation was roughly the same".

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