Danny Amendola deletes tweet thanking President Trump for 'shout out'

President Donald Trump is presented with a New England Patriots jersey by Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, left, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, center, during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, where the president honored the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots for their Super Bowl LI victory. Also pictured is New England Patriots president Jonathan Kraft, second from right. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President Donald Trump meets the New England Patriots. (AP)

When you’ve got a controversial Super Bowl-winning team meeting a controversial president, you can expect a few fireworks from the grandstands, and that’s exactly what happened on Wednesday when the New England Patriots visited the White House to meet President Donald Trump.

During the ceremony — which quarterback Tom Brady did not attend, and which was held under the cloud of the suicide of former Patriot Aaron Hernandez — Trump singled out Pats receiver Danny Amendola:

One problem: Amendola wasn’t in attendance. He had indicated he would be attending the funeral of a friend. But when he tweeted his gratitude to President Trump, he was in the gym:

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“Thanks for the shout out @realDonaldTrump!” Amendola tweeted. “in the GYM! Funeral service for my boy Jaimie Carrillo tonight! RIP-JC.”

Amendola later deleted the tweet amid criticism. (Twitter being snap-judgment critical? That NEVER happens!) Several other Patriots declined to attend because of political reasons, and many singled out Amendola for not doing so … even though a funeral seems like a reasonable excuse.

The Patriots and Trump. Two stories that just never end.
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