Patriots respond to comparison photo showing team with Obama versus Trump

Patriots respond to comparison photo showing team with Obama versus Trump

"In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn", the team said on its Twitter account.

"You pulled off the greatest Super Bowl victory of all-time".

"Facts: In 2015, over 40 football staff were on the stairs", they wrote.

According to the team, the comparison photo suggests a significantly smaller turnout for Trump's celebration. They weren't shown in Wednesday's photo because they were sitting on the lawn.

The team responded Wednesday evening on Twitter, arguing that the images don't tell the whole story: "These photos lack context".

One reason for the smaller group on the risers was likely because the Trump administration wanted to take the players on a tour of the living quarters, but wanted to take a smaller group - just the players and core coaching staff - instead of the whole entourage.

The other highlight came from none other than Rob Gronkowski who crashed a White House press briefing as it was going on live. That is still down considerably from the estimated 50 players who visited Obama in 2015, but that too can be explained, at least in part, by the timing of the Super Bowl (cont. below). The Times tweeted out a photo that made it appear more members of the team showed up the last time they won the Super Bowl in 2015.

The Times tweeted an update saying the Pats confirmed that fewer players attended this year, but that the total delegation was about the same.

In the Times' story in print, which included just one photo, Patriots spokesman Stacey James said the reason fewer players showed up Wednesday than the 50 at the 2015 celebration was because numerous veteran players didn't see a reason to attend the second event in three years.

Disagreement over the pictures aside, there were indeed fewer Patriots players in attendance at Wednesday's meeting than there were in 2015.

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