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

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President Donald Trump meets the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/teams/nwe/" data-ylk="slk:New England Patriots">New England Patriots</a>. (AP)
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:


“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.
Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports and the author of EARNHARDT NATION, on sale now at Amazon or wherever books are sold. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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