Eagles planning White House visit

Eagles planning White House visit

Eagles planning White House visit

"We are honored to receive this invitation and view this not only as an opportunity to be recognized for our on-field accomplishments, but also as an opportunity to engage in productive dialogue with the leaders of our country".

The Super Bowl champion Eagles could soon be headed to the White House.

The Eagles are the first team to win the Super Bowl since Mr. Trump first attacked the league last September, when he referred generically to a protesting player as "son of a bitch", and urged owners to fire players who did not stand for the anthem.

It's a question every major USA sports team faces after winning a championship these days: "Will the team visit the White House?"

A number of Eagles players have spoken out against President Donald Trump, including safety Malcolm Jenkins, and there has been speculation over whether the team would agree to visit with Trump in Washington D.C.

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"For me, it's not just about politics", Smith told CNN in February. "Why is it any different when the person has title of President of the United States?"

Photo Jeffrey Lurie, owner of the Philadelphia Eagles. Long, who donated his 2017 salary to charity, has said Trump's comments after the race clashes in Charlottesville are a non-starter for any dialogue that could take place between he and the president.

Two members of the Eagles, Mr.

In February, Jenkins and teammates Chris Long and Torrey Smith said they would not visit the White House if invited.

The Eagles released a statement that said they are considering whether to visit the White House. Long before he bought the team, he earned a doctoral degree in social policy and lectured on topics like incarceration rates. On the same day his team said it was "discussing the logistics of an upcoming visit to Washington", Lurie was quoted as having offered some distinctly anti-Trump sentiments last season. They include, per reports, running back LeGarrette Blount and defensive end Brandon Graham, and it seems a near-certainty that the boycott would also include recently acquired defensive end Michael Bennett, a former Seahawk who has been one of the league's most prominent protesters and supporters of exiled quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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Mr. Lurie has also made his political leanings known in private league meetings, including last October at N.F.L. headquarters. At one point, a player said that it was hard to trust the owners because they supported Mr. Trump.

While some National Football League owners have shown support for President Donald Trump, Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie reportedly is not one of them. "Yes, there are some".

Jenkins, who co-founded the NFL Players Coalition to promote social activism, said he would not attend a celebration at the White House but wanted other players to take advantage of the opportunity if they wished.

"Another fact I want to throw out there: Many of us have no interest in supporting President Trump", Mr. Lurie said, according to a recording of the meeting obtained by The New York Times.

Trump has made the news within the past year in regards to sports figures.

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