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Some Eagles Players Are Already Passing on White House Visit


It’s standard practice for the winning Super Bowl team to celebrate their victory with a White House dinner. But just as with the New England Patriots and Golden State Warriors, the Philadelphia Eagles will remind Trump, he is not the person athletic victors care to share their glories with.

Following their first Super Bowl win on Sunday, a number of Eagles players spoke with CNN’s “New Day.” Two of them have already stated they won’t be stopping by the Trump White House anytime soon.

“Nah, I personally do not anticipate attending,” Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins told the network.
Jenkins is among a number of players who’ve raised their fist during the recitation of the national anthem in protest of police brutality. Wide receiver Torrey Smith shared he was not a fan of the president before defending the protests.
“They call it the anthem protest,” Smith said. “We’re not protesting the anthem. It’s a protest during the anthem. I understand why people are mad, or may be offended when someone takes a knee. My father, when he dies, is going to be buried with an American flag draped around his casket, being that he served in the Army.”
Trump antagonized athletes who protest on the field in September, validating the beliefs of others who have deemed the protests to be unpatriotic. Eagles’ defensive end Chris Long, a former Patriots player was one of several members of the New England team who refused to visit the White House following their Super Bowl win last year. Long plans on sticking to the same script this year.
“No, I’m not going to the White House. Are you kidding me?” Long said during an interview on Pardon My Take Podcast last Sunday.


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