Some Philadelphia Eagles players boycotting White House visit over Trump

Frederick Owens
February 9, 2018

"No, I'm not going to the White House".

It is a tradition that started with John F. Kennedy's administration and has continued through the decades.

So the idea that Eagles players are disrespecting Trump is nothing but self-delusion-similar to the headlines calling the destruction of Philadelphia a "celebration".

However, several players already have made it known they will not visit the White House if they are invited by President Donald Trump, CNN reported.

Tim McManus of ESPN.com provided the update Wednesday and passed along comments from Smith about his decision to skip the traditional National Football League championship celebration.

Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount also played for the Patriots previous year and did not go to Washington when New England won Super Bowl LI. While it has been a long practice of our past chief executives to invite championship teams to visit the White House, the decision is always at the discretion of the president. I just don't see that.

For those on the other side I say, guess what, this isn't the first time players have skipped a visit and where was your outrage then?

They are not the only two to make this announcement either.

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Eagles receiver Torrey Smith said "plenty of guys" are planning to skip the trip.

"We read the news just like everyone else", Smith told NJ Advance Media last week.

See you at the parade! We're very informed about what goes on, and we're trying to continue to educate ourselves.

Jenkins told CNN this morning, "I personally do not anticipate attending" if asked to the White House. "My message has been clear all year. And I want to see our relationship between our communities and our law enforcement be advanced". I'm about, you know, creating positive change in the communities that I come from, whether it be Philadelphia, New Jersey, Ohio, Louisiana, or this entire country.

This is a poor way for these Eagles players to get their messages across. "Why is it any different when the person has [the] title of President of the United States?" That might be the only opportunity they have to give the most powerful man in the world any constructive criticism in a calm and respectful manner.

U.S. President Donald Trump has been especially critical of athlete protests, going as far as calling on managers and owners to fire players who protest the national anthem.

Appearing on New Day mere hours after his team's stunning victory over the New England Patriots, star Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins told anchor John Berman that he's a likely White House no-show. Once Trump took office there has been a significant decline the appearance.

Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of MA.

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