Patriots curiously fight with NY Times over Trump crowd size

Vincent De Villiers
Abril 20, 2017

For instance, Rob Gronkowski was in Washington D.C., and we know that because he crashed Sean Spicer's press briefing.

The team invited 68 players - including all 53 players on the active roster at the end of the season, practice-squad members and those on injured reserve - and exactly half showed up to celebrate the team's Super Bowl victory with president Donald Trump.

The celebration, however, was clouded by former Patriots player Aaron Hernandez's suicide in prison just hours before the team's visit.

"You had the best record in football with 14 wins and two losses and that didn't happen by accident", President Donald Trump told the team gathered behind him on the south side of the White House.

From there, Trump recounted the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time, singling out the play of guys like Amendola (who, awkwardly, wasn't in attendance), Trey Flowers, and Julian Edelman.

"Need some help?" the Patriots' famously lighthearted tight end asked.

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Louis Cardinals, who now reside in the NL Central cellar at 6-9. "It is the resiliency, it is the fact that we do not quit. Chicago hosted the parade and rally to celebrate the team's first World Series championship since 1908.

Trump reflected on the Patriots for approximately 10 minutes before handing the podium over to Kraft, who called the Super Bowl 51 win "unequivocally our sweetest victory".

Several players, including tight end Martellus Bennet, safety Devin McCourty, linebacker Dont'a Hightower, running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive tackle Alan Branch, and defensive end Chris Long, all said they didn't feel comfortable visiting the White House because of Trump's polarizing policies, which is why they made a decision to skip the visit.

Wednesday's event became political from nearly the moment the Patriots won the Super Bowl with an unbelievable comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Houston. "In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today's ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters", he added.

Kraft's company donated $1 million to Trump's presidential inaugural committee, according to filings released Tuesday. At the time, some speculated that Brady was angry at the White House for razzing him over Deflategate.

Trump has close ties to the Patriots, counting owner Bob Kraft and coach Bill Belichick as friends. His name wasn't even mentioned during the event.

"I don't believe in excluding other people", McCourty adds. Some noted their differences with the Republican administration, though others did not an issue a reason for their absence.

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