Three Eagles decline White House Invite

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Eagles will Not Attend

Scribe: Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com

Super Bowl winning eagles soared high in their 44-33 win over the Patriots earlier this year. But at least three of them will not be attending the traditional White House visit for winners of the biggest game in US professional football.

Trump earlier this year said to the 32 team owners, “son of a b—h”, players who protest during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner.

Safety Malcolm Jenkins, defensive end Chris Long and receiver Torrey Smith have all said they will not attend. Jenkins said on a nationally televised new show, “I personally do not anticipate attending that.” He continued by saying, “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.”

Long for formerly a member of the New England Patriots squad –last year’s champion, did not attend. He will not attend this year either, he said, “he’ll beg off again this year.”

Smith said he would not attend pushing back against Trump’s criticism of players who protested the shooting of unarmed black men by police and the criminal justice system not holding officers accountable.

The San Francisco 49er’s quarterback and former Super Bowl quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the protest during the 2016 preseason.  

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