New England Patriots Slam NYT For Tweet Over White House Team Photo

Trevor Jackson
April 20, 2017

In photos posted to social media Wednesday, the New England Patriots' turnout at the White House this year seemed to be noticeably smaller than in 2015, when the team last visited the executive residence.

However, six of his teammates have publicly said they will not attend the event due to their opposition to Trump: tight end Martellus Bennet, safety Devin McCourty, linebacker Dont'a Hightower, running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive tackle Alan Branch, and defensive end Chris Long.

Trump's welcome to the team, scheduled for early afternoon, is coming hours after the news from MA prisons officials that ex-Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell.

Just five days prior, Hernandez was acquitted of double murder charges dating back to a 2012 nightclub shooting.

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.

Kraft and Belichick presented Trump with a personalized Patriots uniform and a Super Bowl LI helmet. He persevered to become the 45th president of the United States.

Hernandez - who played for the Patriots from 2010 to 2012 - was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction.

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski butted into the White House daily press briefing with Sean Spicer on Wednesday, proving once again he likes to ham it up for the cameras.

Much was also made about President Trump's friend and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady skipping the event this year.

Trump recognized several Patriots players for their efforts during the 25-point comeback, including Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell, Julian Edelman and Nate Ebner. "I think I've got this", Spicer replied, "But thank you". He said a "family commitment" prevented him from attending the 2015 ceremony held by then-President Obama.

"When my son grows up and I believe the legacy of our president is going to be what it is, I don't want him to say, 'Hey Dad, why'd you go when you knew the right thing was to not go, '" Long says in the video.

Blount said he didn't "feel welcome" at the White House.

Super Bowl MVP quarterback Tom Brady, who is friends with Trump, was notably not in attendance.

"Basic reason for me is I don't feel accepted in the White House".

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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