In a Super Bowl for the ages, the Philadephia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33. A last-second Hail Mary by Patriots QB Tom Brady failed to land in the hands of a receiver, securing a loss for the 5-time championship-winning star.
Now, a number of Eagles players have declared they will not attend the White House if the team is invited by President Trump.
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From The Hill:
Several players on the Philadelphia Eagles have said they are not planning to attend the traditional Super Bowl winners’ White House visit this year.
Wide receiver Torrey Smith, defensive end Chris Long, and safety Malcolm Jenkins are some of the players who have said they don’t plan to participate in the visit to the White House, NJ.com reported.
The decisions come after President Trump last year ignited controversy when he targeted players for kneeling during the national anthem.
The protests began in 2016 with former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem to protest brutality and racial injustice.
Trump last year called for the NFL to implement a rule requiring that players stand during the anthem — saying that kneeling was disrespectful to the country’s flag and its military.
More from NJ:
Meanwhile, Long — who also skipped the post Super Bowl White House trip last year as a member of the New England Patriots — says that he does not want his children to grow up having been influenced by Trump’s actions or policies.
“No,” Long said during the Pardon My Take Podcast. “I’m not going to the White House. Are you kidding me?”
Perhaps for the first time all season, NFL fans were reminded of what it looked like when players on both sidelines proudly stood for the national anthem during Super Bowl 52.
It was a moment of unity for the country.
President Trump jumped out in front of the issue before the game began in Minneapolis, releasing a statement praising America’s military.
From BizPac Review:
The 2018 Super Bowl drew more than 100 million viewers. Those monster ratings are below the record 114.4 million from 2015, but are still fantastic considering that NFL ratings had flopped this year due to the league’s anthem protest.
In a statement, President Trump declared: “As many Americans come together to watch the Super Bowl, Melania and I extend our greetings and appreciation for those who make occasions like this possible, particularly the brave men and women of our Armed Forces.”
The president paid homage to the fallen heroes of the U.S. Armed Forces, who made the highest sacrifice to ensure our democracy. “We owe [our fallen] heroes the greatest respect for defending our liberty and our American way of life,” Trump said.
Trump added: “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.”
(Video from @THR)
— Blake (@Minicooper45) February 4, 2018
[Note: This post was written by John S. Roberts]