Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr ripped President Donald Trump and his decision to disinvite the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles to the White House, saying the president is trying to politicize everything.
Then, Monday night came around and Trump pulled Eagles' invitation, creating a firestorm that engulfed the Eagles locker room with a sea of reporters, more than 50 at a pre-practice press conference with Pederson and close to 100 in post-practice locker room availability. "It's behind us. We're moving on". "I said I wasn't going to the White House a long time ago", said Chris Long during an interview on Wednesday.
Long was one of the players who wasn't going to visit the White House (and didn't go in 2017 when he was with the Patriots), making his displeasure with the President clear for several years.
The White House did not allow journalists to cover the Gold Star event out of respect for the families, which meant Mrs Trump was seen in person only by the 40 or so families and administration officials who attended.
When pressed again and again at Wednesday's press event, Pederson declined to discuss the matter in any detail. In an interview on Fox business channel, Trump said, "Tweeting is like a typewriter - when I put it out, you put it immediately on your show".
Nutter added that President Trump "refuses" to acknowledge issues like police brutality and racism and only wants "photo ops and to play politics".
The first sign read "You aren't listening" while others referenced the number of people shot by police this year, statistics about the criminal justice system and the charity work of various National Football League players, including Colin Kaepernick. "Because I think the championship - winning a Super Bowl or winning a Stanley Cup or winning a World Series or winning an NBA championship or national championship - is way bigger than getting invited to the White House, especially with him in there, in my opinion".
After canceling the visit, Trump threw a brief "Celebration of America" ceremony on Tuesday. "But a lot of that back-and-forth with the White House was not - we as a team weren't necessarily privy to that information; that was kinda going between team executives and the White House. So we just have to continue to stay on topic and continue to push the issues - and not this narrative of who's right and who's wrong, but what are the reasons why players are even so passionate about this". I'm not too into politics, so I don't know all his other views, but his rhetoric I definitely don't agree with. "I think Jeffrey's been supportive of our off-the-field stuff".