Monday, 29 May, 2017

Patriots respond to comparison photo showing team with Obama versus Trump

Nellie Chapman | 21 April, 2017, 03:28

The Times - a publication Trump has attacked on numerous occasions - tweeted out a photo on Wednesday comparing the "turnout" the Pats had when they visited Barack Obama's White House in 2015 to Trump's White House this week.

The New England Patriots quickly took issue with the photo comparison, which featured an Associated Press photo of the Patriots standing behind Obama on the south side of the White House in 2015 - the stairs on either side of the main group packed with people. I made a decision in about four minutes that clearly warranted much more time.

The Super Bowl champs - who play in the AFC East with the New York Jets - joined US president Donald Trump in calling out the New York Times.

As we can see above, a similar pattern emerged in 2004 and 2005 when substantially fewer players showed up to the White House as compared to the 2002 visit following the franchise's first Super Bowl win. "In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn", the team said on its Twitter account. They also chalked the lower player attendance up to the fact that they have won two Super Bowls in three years, noting that less players came the last time the team won a second championship in three seasons, too. That turned out not to be the case, but there was a new crowd size controversy involving the Trump administration that had people- including the president himself- talking Thursday morning.

Roughly a half-dozen players had previously said they planned to skip this week's White House visit due to Trump's politics.

Tom Brady's cited "personal family matters" as the reason he was unable to join his teammates at the White House, by which he probably meant "Gisele will kill me if I go". Of course, he stayed home in 2015 as well, so who knows with that guy.

The New England Patriots' rivalry with NY has spilled into politics.

That's when George W. Bush was president.