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.
Trump shouts out Danny Amendola, who wasn't at White House, and says, "Where's Danny?" Edelman doesn't help POTUS. pic.twitter.com/skkQDXMlMx
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) April 19, 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.