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White House: 'Vast Majority' Of Eagles Have 'Abandoned Their Fans'

11 June, 2018, 17:20 | Author: Drew Briggs
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On Tuesday, the Super Bowl LII champion Eagles were supposed to visit the White House as guests of Donald Trump, but on Monday night the president canceled the visit.

Several members of the Eagles, including safety Malcolm Jenkins - one of the leaders of the Players Coalition - and defensive end Chris Long, said before Trump extended the invitation that they would not attend if invited.

"We love our country, we respect our flag, and we always stand for the national anthem - we always will stand for the national anthem", Mr. Trump said at the event.

So when Trump canceled the celebration, Smith took to Twitter, saying it was a "cowardly act" by the White House and accused Trump of spreading "the false narrative that players are anti-military".

Trump has been a vocal critic of NFL players that chose to take a knee during the national anthem as a means of protesting police brutality inflicted upon people of color. "Going to the White House is a considered a great honor for a championship team", Trump tweeted at the time. He was one of the many Patriots who took a knee before the team's Week 3 game and after Trump used explicit language when talking about kneeling National Football League players.

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According to multiple reports, fewer than 10 Eagles planned on visiting the White House. Trump had tweeted on Monday that kneeling or staying in the locker room during the anthem is "disrespectful to our country". Whoever wanted to attend should still have been able to attend.

The White House said it made attempts to reschedule the event and work with the franchise to accommodate a smaller group of players.

Trump also disinvited the Warriors, who won last year's National Basketball Association championship, from the White House celebration in September when he saw star guard Stephen Curry say he would prefer not to attend.

"I think winning a Super Bowl, a Stanley Cup, a World Series, an NBA Championship or a National Championship is way bigger than getting invited to the White House - especially with him in there, in my opinion". "I will be there at 3 p.m. with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus to celebrate America".

The Eagles told the White House last Thursday that 81 people from its organization were expected to attend the celebration, the statement said.



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