Patriots Celebrate Super Bowl At Trump's White House -- Some Of Them, Anyway

Several Patriots players kept to their vows to skip the White House ceremony in protest at Donald Trump's presidency.

A reported 34 members of the Patriots visited the Trump White House on Wednesday in celebration of winning Super Bowl 51.

"These photos lack context", the Patriots' official Twitter feed said. "The photo from Wednesday only showed players and coaches; the 2015 photo showed players, coaches and support staff and has been removed", the correction note said. The tweet compared it with a NY Times photo taken Wednesday with Trump - showing both of the staircases empty.

Despite the Patriots' response, The New York Times received more than 30,000 retweets within 7 hours.

Superstar quarterback Tom Brady, a noted Trump supporter, also missed the event, but he reportedly pulled out on Wednesday morning due to "personal family matters". He said almost 50 players attended the event in 2015 when Obama hosted.

The press secretary, who is a Patriots fan, responded by saying, "I think I got this but thank you".

In any case, the Patriots' defensiveness about their attendance recalled the White House's angry response to reports that Trump's Inauguration Day crowd was smaller than Obama's in 2009.

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

Players Devin McCourty, Martellus Bennett, Chris Long, Dont'a Hightower and LeGarrette Blount all chose to skip the South Lawn visit for political differences. ".This year, for some unusual reason, the question was being asked at the Super Bowl before the game was played". As for Branch, he told CNN's Don Lemon, he declined the visit because of sexists comments the President made about women on an Access Hollywood video.

According to an update from the Times, the Patriots said, despite the fewer numbers of players, the team's total delegation was about the same size.

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