Trump disinvites Eagles from White House Super Bowl celebration

Clay Curtis
June 5, 2018

This, after Trump past year agrily rescinded a similar invitation to reigning National Basketball Association champion Golden State after star players Steph Curry and Kevin Durant said they wouldn't be attending.

It's been a tradition for decades - the Super Bowl winning team is granted a visit to the White House and a ceremony with the President.

He added the team had planned to send a smaller delegation but the "1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better".

On Monday and completely out of nowhere, Donald trump inexplicably announced the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles would not visit the White House on Tuesday, citing the team's participation in national anthem protests. He said he'll be at the White House at 3 p.m. with the U.S. Marine Corps band to "loudly and proudly play the national anthem".

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In response, Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney ripped Trump for cancelling the visit, saying that the "egomaniac" didn't want to be embarrassed by the small crowd.

Wide receiver Torrey Smith, who said previously that he planned to skip the visit, responded to Mr Trump in a series of tweets.

Jenkins and Long are among several players who voiced support for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who in 2016 began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.

A player knelt and another player raised up his fist while a teammate put his arm around him during the anthem before a preseason game in August, local media reported.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that "a large group of Eagles players had decided not to attend White House, including most - if not all - of the black players". But at the same time, players can stay in the locker room during the anthem, rather than stand on the sidelines while the Star Spangled Banner is played.

Instead, Trump will still hold and attend the ceremony, he says, with the invited fans, but will turn the event into a disturbingly nationalistic and militaristic celebration.

Under the change approved by team owners, individual clubs have the power to set their own policies to ensure the anthem is being respected during any on-field action.

Similar demonstrations spread across the league, where most players are African-American.

Over the course of the last several days, many Eagles players have been backing out of attending the traditional presidential Super Bowl celebration because of Trump's controversial comments about the National Football League and players who have staged protests during the anthem.

"Once again, I can't comment on a letter from the President's outside counsel", she said.

This also seems like a battle that isn't going to be figured out anytime soon, as this national anthem debate seems just to be heating up.

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