NFL: Disinvited! White House Cancels Eagles Super Bowl Celebration

June 6, 2018

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Less than 24 hours before the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles were set to visit the White House, President Donald Trump rescinded their invitation, citing national anthem protests and boycotts from some team members.



The White House was told only a smaller contingent of fewer than 10 players, one that included Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles were planning on attending.

Trump released this statement:

 “The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated... They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country. The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better.

Trump said Eagles fans are invited to the White House "to be part of a different type of ceremony — one that will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem."

Last night, the president tweeted:  "The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House. Unfortunately, only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event. Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!"


After the Eagles victory in Super Bowl 52, several players said they would skip the visit. Safety Malcolm Jenkins, wide receiver Torrey Smith and defensive end Chris Long all said they did not plan to attend. 

Eagles owner Jeff Lurie is considered one of the more liberal owners in the NFL. He gave money to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and reportedly called Trump’s presidency “disastrous” in a closed-door meeting. When asked about the possibility of a White House visit back at the owners meetings in March, Lurie didn’t want to talk about it.

 
This marks the second time Trump has disinvited a championship team from making the traditional White House visit.

The president rescinded an invitation to the Golden State Warriors last year after star players, including Stephen Curry said they probably would not attend. 

 

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