The New England Patriots clarified a photo highlighting the team's White House turnout in 2015 vs. 2017

By SI Wire
April 19, 2017

The New England Patriots issued a clarification after a photo comparison of team photos with President Obama and President Trump highlighted the amount of no-show players for the White House visit.

The New York Times' sports account tweeted a photo from the Patriots' 2015 visit with President Obama and it showed dozens more people than Wednesday's photo with President Trump.

A Patriots spokesman said that the 2015 photo included Patriots staff members, such as trainers and other personnel. On Wednesday, those members of the staff were seated.

The Times issued a clarification to the tweet Wednesday night after the Patriots’ objected and sports editor Jason Stallman issued a statement Thursday morning to Yahoo’s Colin Campbell. 

President Trump lashed out at the “failing” Times in a tweet Thursday morning.

About two dozen players skipped the White House visit. Quarterback Tom Brady missed the visit due to “personal family matters.” Some of the other players cited reasons pertaining to President Trump and his administration for skipping the visit. 

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