WH to play national anthem in Eagles absence

08 June, 2018, 08:25 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Trump calls off Eagles' White House visit - Article

Head Coach Doug Pederson said earlier Wednesday that he was excited to go to the White House to be honored for his team's Super Bowl victory.

The dramatic and slobberknocker 41-33 Super Bowl LII win was the first ever for the Philadelphia Eagles. But it was no secret that many Eagles are not fans of the President because of his stand on the national anthem protests.

Trump has derided the protests as unpatriotic and insulting to USA servicemembers and veterans.

President Donald Trump participates in a "celebration of America" event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Tuesday. The White House said that they would "loudly and proudly play the National Anthem" during the event reported the Hill.

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

The event will be replaced by a "celebration of the American flag" for Eagles fans with musical performances by the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus. Forty-seven percent said players should be required to stand and 48% said they should be allowed to kneel.

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Last year, 2017 National Basketball Association champion Golden State were similarly dis-invited from the White House by Trump after Warriors star Stephen Curry said he wouldn't attend. Eagles left it up to individual players to decide whether they would go. He also withdrew an invitation to the Golden State Warriors after their 2017 National Basketball Association championship, which the president blamed on player Stephen Curry.

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When the Eagles first won Super Bowl LII, Malcolm Jenkins, Torrey Smith and Chris Long immediately stated they had no intentions of making the trip to the White House. Forty-nine percent say "professional sports leagues, such as the NFL, should require their athletes to stand for the National Anthem" while 47% say they should not require them to stand.

As CNN's Jake Tapper and others pointed out, no Eagles players took a knee during the regular season or postseason.

At Tuesday's event, which Trump called "even bigger than we had anticipated", he said that "we stand to honor our military, and to honor our country, and to remember our fallen heroes who never made it back home".

During an interview after the new NFL policy was announced, Trump praised the league for doing "the right thing".

On Tuesday, NBA stars LeBron James and Curry both said they wouldn't visit. Trump tweeted: "Honoring America!"

The president told one confidant Monday that he aimed to periodically revive the anthem issue in the months ahead, believing its return to the headlines would help Republicans as the midterm elections approached.

The politics were already playing out in the state's Senate race, where Republican Rep. Lou Barletta is challenging Democrat Bob Casey.

Within minutes of when the White House announced their rescinding of the Eagles invitation to the White House Rep. Brendan Boyle tweeted "The @Eagles are still welcome to visit the US Capitol".

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