Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Patriots respond to comparison photo showing team with Obama versus Trump

Patriots respond to comparison photo showing team with Obama versus Trump

New England Patriots player Alan Branch said he chose not to visit the White House Wednesday because of President Donald Trump's past sexist remarks that were caught on an Access Hollywood video. When it was all said and done, The New York Times tweeted a photograph of the difference the last time the Patriots were there with Barack Obama and the now with Donald Trump.

Athletes on championship-winning teams skip White House visits for any number of reasons - Tom Brady, a Trump supporter, attributed his absence Wednesday to "personal family matters", for example - but five Patriots players said they were boycotting Trump.

The New York Times was not the only outlet to make the false comparison.

It appears the side-by-side was meant to call attention to Trump's lackluster support among the National Football League champions.

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.

The Times' article on the Patriots' visit, which the newspaper linked to in its tweet, quotes a Patriots spokesman who claims the number of team members present for each trip was "roughly the same".

The Patriots pointed out that in the first image (with Obama) more than 40 of the organization's staffers were also on the stairs with the players, whereas in the second image (with Trump) these employees were on the South Lawn.

"Bad tweet by me". It was my idea, it was my execution, it was my blunder. I made a decision in about four minutes that clearly warranted much more time. Once we learned more, we tried to fix everything as much as possible as swiftly as possible and as transparently as possible.

"I just felt like I had to say something just because I don't want my daughters to see me and be like, 'that's my dad and he doesn't believe in women being treated like this, ' because I don't".

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

Players who stayed away included Martellus Bennett, LeGarrette Blount, Devin McCourty and Chris Long.

"Basic reason for me is, I don't feel accepted in the White House", McCourty told Time magazine. "I'm a father of three daughters and I have a son as well and I just can't see myself having any type of interest to go meet this person that said such terrible things".

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