Fox News apologizes after Eagles' Zach Ertz blasts national anthem 'propaganda'

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"They have a similar agreement on if you're on the field, you must stand for the National Anthem", said Conway.

"The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House".

All-Pro center Jason Kelce said players filled out forms anonymously indicating whether they wanted to go to the White House, not make the trip or go to Washington and do something else.

In fairness, though, Trump has a history with eagles. Forty-seven percent said players should be required to stand and 48% said they should be allowed to kneel. The Monday event was closed to the press, however. "Maybe it's about time that we understood".

The team was supposed to meet Trump Tuesday. "In addition to loyalty, has this person been checking in with the White House, is there good organization, are they really helping themselves get re-elected?" But late Friday, the team tried to reschedule, proposing a time when Trump would be overseas.

An Eagles player, Chris Long, criticized the policy, tweeting a statement that said "this is not patriotism". An ESPN report states "most - if not all - of the black players" planned to skip the event.

On Monday night, Trump tweeted that after being invited to the White House, "only a small number of players made a decision to come and we canceled the event".

In her daily briefing, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders criticised the Eagles.

The real reason for Trump's cancellation: Few players were planning to come to his party.

John Killion, a lifelong Eagles fan who now lives in Florida and traveled to Washington to see his team, said he was "devastated and infuriated" by a breakdown he blamed on the Eagles owners.

Wallace's apology came hours after Eagles tight end Zach Ertz quoted a Fox News tweet to say via Twitter, "This can't be serious".

After President Trump cast aspersions on the Super Bowl-champion Philadelphia Eagles and disinvited them from a White House celebration, the fallout has been wide-ranging and swift - from Philadelphia's mayor questioning Trump's patriotism to Fox News apologizing for saying Eagles players had taken a knee during the national anthem.

Last season, Vice President Mike Pence left the 49ers game against the Indianapolis Colts after about a dozen San Francisco players took a knee during the anthem.

Late Monday, though, Trump wrote on Twitter that "Unfortunately, only a small number of players chose to come, and we canceled the event".

I love how every time our current president chooses to try and advance himself and his personal agenda by damaging the National Football League and its players with personal attacks and all-out lies, we are forced to report on it and then are told by many of you we should "stick to sports". Despite the widespread attention to Tuesday's events, other players said Wednesday it was not a distraction. And anybody who thinks Philadelphia fans are going to start rooting for an Eagles opponent is delusional.

As for politics, Trump believes the anthem controversy is a winning issue for him and was pleased that last month's announcement of the league's new policy returned it to the news, according to people familiar with the president's thinking but not authorized to discuss private conversations. "I will be there at 3:00 p.m. with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus to celebrate America". "Honoring America! NFL, no escaping to Locker Rooms!" he tweeted.

Torrey Smith has become the first player from the Eagles' Super Bowl championship team to react publicly to President Trump calling off the team's visit to the White House.

Trump is citing the dispute over whether NFL players protesting racial injustice must stand during the playing of the national anthem.