New England Patriots deny squad snubbed Donald Trump

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The Patriots organization told the Times that despite the lower number of players present, the size of the overall delegation that went to the White House is about the same as it was two years ago.

But the turnout for Trump's congratulatory event on Wednesday was roughly the same size as when the Pats visited the White House following back-to-back titles in 2004-05, the spokesman said. The Patriots were quick to point out that certain members of the organization were simply standing in a different place this year than they were in 2015. Some players, such as Tom Brady, missed the visit for personal reasons, while others, such as LeGarrette Blount and Chris Long, did so due to their distaste for the president and his policies.

The subjects vary from a photo of Trump at the White House Easter Egg Roll, to one of Neil Gorsuch being sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court, to an image of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick from just yesterday. "In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn".

A New York Times sports editor took responsibility for the tweet on Thursday. I made a decision in about four minutes that clearly warranted much more time.

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One of the suspects had allegedly attempted to send members of Islamic State a video pledging allegiance or claiming an attack. French President Francois Hollande held a press conference after an emergency meeting with Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

Mr Campbell did not attribute the comment to a specific sports editor, but the Times's lead sports editor is listed as Jason Stallman. The photo comparison was also used in a story on the Times' website before being removed with a correction.

The Patriots followed up with another tweet, comparing Wednesday's attendance with a ceremony during former President George W. Bush's tenure: "Comparable photos: The last time the #Patriots won two Super Bowls in three years, 36 players visited the White House".

James also said some of the pictures of the 2015 White House gathering include support staff, which makes the crowd seem larger. ".This year, for some odd reason, the question was being asked at the Super Bowl before the game was played".

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