President Trump calls off Philadelphia Eagles' White House visit over anthem dispute

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Championship teams visiting the White House was essentially a tradition before several star players with the Golden State Warriors "hesitated" with their invitation in reaction to the Trump presidency.

Philadelphia Eagles pictured celebrating their Super Bowl victory in a February parade, have been uninvited by President Trump to a celebration at the White House.

The ceremony will "honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the national anthem".

On Tuesday, the union representing National Football League players said it was "disappointed" with Trump's decision and said that smaller community events for young people were cancelled as a result of the cancellation of the Eagles' visit to the White House.


Players Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long have been those among the most outspoken against President Trump, and were not going to the White House.

Next up for the Eagles was the traditional visit of the Super Bowl champions to the White House.

However, multiple members of the team have said they didn't plan to take the trip.

Trump created an uproar from players in 2017 with comments objecting to player protests during the anthem, saying players who kneel during the anthem should be fired.


The NFL owners last week adopted a new anthem policy that will allow for players who do not wish to stand for the anthem to remain in the tunnel.

However, some stood on the sideline with a raised fist while it played. The Eagles' owner refused to force his players to visit someone they don't respect.

The next morning, he followed that tweet with a series touting the "many Championship team" that did come to the White House on previous occasions, and the "wonderful music" that would be playing later in the afternoon. Bob Casey, both Democrats from Pennsylvania both tweeted at the Eagles within just minutes of the White House announcing their rescinding of the Eagles to the White House.

Given the divisive nature of Trump's statements on the campaign trail, former Cavaliers player Richard Jefferson predicted in 2016 that we'd see a lot of "scheduling conflicts" from teams during the Trump presidency.


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