Brady said he was unable to attend the Wednesday event at which President Donald Trump honored the Super Bowl winners - reportedly because he was spending time with his ailing mother.
It then posted photos of the team's two White House visits showing that the turnout was roughly the same.
The New York Times tweeted out a photo Wednesday comparing the differing crowd sizes from the team's trip in 2015 with President Barack Obama and its Wednesday meeting with President Donald Trump.
The New England Patriots quickly took issue with the photo comparison, which featured an Associated Press photo of the Patriots standing behind Obama on the south side of the White House in 2015 - the stairs on either side of the main group packed with people. "In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn". I made a decision in about four minutes that clearly warranted much more time. Quarterback Tom Brady, whom Trump has called a friend, was among the missing, citing "personal family matters".
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The New York Times responded to the Patriots Wednesday on Twitter. The franchise has nine Super Bowl appearances.
Some players reportedly declined to attend the White House ceremony because they didn't want to be seen with Trump. In 2012, however, the media industry generally blasted Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas for staying home during the Stanley Cup championship team's visit to the Obama White House because he disagreed with the policies of the federal government.
The New York Times obtained a reaction from a Patriots' rep about the matter of size.
That said, there were in fact fewer players at yesterday's ceremony than at the one held two years ago. 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. Both those visits were when George W. Bush was president.