Patriots, Trump Slam NYT Over Tweet of Team Photos

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A variety of Boston-area media outlets reported that 34 players showed up Wednesday for the ceremony with Trump, compared to "around 50" players for the ceremony with Obama. It was the team's fifth Super Bowl victory since 1960.

President Donald Trump this morning is accusing The New York Times of "a big lie" in its depiction of Wednesday's White House ceremony honoring the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

On Wednesday, the Patriots were missing several faces for several reasons.

The newspaper also added a photo of the Patriots' visit to the Obama White House in 2015 that showed a much larger contingent. In the case of the picture taken during the visit with President Obama, the Patriots tweeted, more than 40 staff members are seen on the stairs. The latter photo depicted a large number of Patriots staffers on both staircases adjacent to the podium, suggesting that many of them didn't show up for the festivities this time around. "In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn". They also chalked the lower player attendance up to the fact that they have won two Super Bowls in three years, noting that less players came the last time the team won a second championship in three seasons, too.

Apparently the photos were misleading. "James said, however, that the size of the Patriots' full delegation for each trip to the White House has been roughly the same".

During his campaign Trump mentioned the fact that he and Brady are friends every time he passed through New England, and on numerous occasions he's called Brady the greatest quarterback who's ever lived.

On Thursday, New York Times sports editor Jason Stallman apparently offered up an apology while talking to Colin Campbell of Yahoo, although there was no attribution.

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

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