The Philadelphia Eagles have seen their invite to the White House for their Super Bowl celebration cancelled by President Donald Trump according to CBS Sports.
In a statement the White House confirmed the news in which Trump referenced the ongoing issues regarding the national anthem. However, there are plans for a different type of ceremony to take place for the 1,000 fans that were due to go to the White House for the event today. The statement that was issued Monday night said ”The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. 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”. It went on further to say ”These fans are still 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”.
This is not the first this has happened though , as in September, the Golden State Warriors were invited to the White House for a celebratory visit, however, they hesitated and Trump withdrew the invite. Many of the Eagles players disapprove of Trump’s policies and that is no secret, players like Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long and Torrey Smith were just three players who declined to go on the trip.
According to the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles Jeffrey Lurie decided to send a smaller pool of players to the White House as a way to avoid putting his players in a difficult spot. Garafolo reported that the contingent visiting the White House would’ve been 10 players of less. Therefore, the President wasn’t happy with this and subsequently withdrew the invite.
It remains to be seen whether more will come from this or not, but if it does we will be sure to report on it.