On Sunday, the NFL Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl defeating the New England Patriots, 41-33. Now the question is who’s going to the White House? Evidently there are some NFL Philadelphia Eagles players who will not be in attendance.
In a January 28th interview with Pardon My Take Podcast, Eagles defensive end Chris Long was the first player to say no to the White House visit.
“No, I’m not going to the White House,” Long, who boycotted the White House visit after playing for last year’s champions, the New England Patriots, said. “Are you kidding me?”
Throughout the season, Chris Long has repeatedly voiced support for his teammates’ protests.
“For me, being from Charlottesville, no one wants to see you sit idly by and watch that stuff happen and not say anything,” Long said after the deadly white-supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August of 2017. “And I wish there was more categorical denial from some very important people in this country who have had the opportunity to strike it down but didn’t.”
Two other Super Bowl champs, Eagles players Torrey Smith and Malcolm Jenkins also refuse to celebrate the Super Bowl win with the president at the White House, New York magazine reports.
“We read the news just like everyone else,” Smith said before winning the Super Bowl, pointing out there “are problems” and they are “not shy about speaking up about them,” reports NJ.com.
Both players are known to be outspoken critics of Trump.
Smith, an ardent defender of those raising fists or kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” defended such actions against the president’s criticisms.
“They call it the anthem protest,” Smith said. “We’re not protesting the anthem. It’s a protest during the anthem.”
“Now that the NFL has given us a platform to do more, I think people sometimes just need to look at the issues, and not just a protest,” he added.
Seriously!? These morons protested during the national anthem, a 2-3 minute antic that turned many conservatives off and began their boycott of the NFL. The real issue was really that these NFL players could have protested on their own time. They didn’t neet to insult our military and our veterans during the national anthem. They could have picked before or after the game, or even any time on their OWN time. Period.
Nevertheless, before, during, and after the Super Bowl, Trump continued to repeatedly voice his opposition to such protests. In a statement released after the game ended, Trump dropped lines referring to the national anthem debate.
“Though many of our nation’s service members are unable to be home with family and friends to enjoy this evening’s American tradition, they are always in our thoughts and prayers,” Trump’s statement read, reports CNN.
“We owe these heroes the greatest respect for defending our liberty and our American way of life. Their sacrifice is stitched into each star and every stripe of our Star-Spangled Banner. We hold them in our hearts and thank them for our freedom as we proudly stand for the national anthem.”
Amen! That’s really what these 3 NFL Philadelphia Eagles players need to remember. The military and veterans have defended their freedom, defended their liberty, many have even died for their freedom, but instead of celebrating THAT, they insulted them by kneeling during the national anthem with their crazy 3-minute antic.
I congratulate the players for winning the Super Bowl, but I don’t defend their stupidity of kneeling during the national anthem. THAT is just total disrespect that is NOT tolerated by this patriot.
Of course, this is only 3 Philadelphia Eagles players who have said they will skip the White House. I highly doubt the whole team will. My guess is the majority of the NFL team owners and front office executives, as well as coaches tend to be conservative, so I can’t see all that many NFL Philadelphia Eagles skpping the White House event.
One should note though, Malcom Jenkins is one of the key players who founded the Players Coalition. A coalition which in the end, the NFL agreed to donate almost $90 million to help fund social issues. So, I highly doubt Jenkins would have gone to ANY White House event, let alone one that the White House honors national champions.
Let’s face it, the NFL and Colin Kaepernick ruined the game of football. Thousands of fans have left due to the national anthem protests, and I don’t see them coming back any time soon. Thousands more boycotted the NFL this season. Many burned their season tickets and many of those fans and others, I don’t see returning either. So good luck with those contracts boys. By the way, who do you think helps pay for your salaries?
In the end, NFL Philadelphia Eagles players that kneeled during the national anthem, probably shouldn’t attend the White House event. This president is more about honoring our military, our nation and our national anthem. Sorry fellas.
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