NFL's Eagles Give Trump A Civics Lesson

NFL's Eagles Give Trump A Civics Lesson

Over the weekend, as a team the Eagles hadn't fully decided which players, if any, would be attending the scheduled White House ceremony on Tuesday with President Donald Trump, a celebration of their Super Bowl LII victory.

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson speaks to the media before practice at the NFL football team's facility, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Philadelphia. "It's over, behind us and we're moving on".

Jenkins was one of several Eagles players who said before Trump's disinvite that they would not be going to the White House.

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.

Pederson would not delve into the details about Trump canceling the visit.

"What you've seen and what you've heard is enough, and I'm not discussing it", Pederson said.

But facts don't matter in this us vs. them society in which you have to despise anyone who doesn't agree with you. One of those reasons might be that their president called players a son of a bitch in a speech.

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Nutter also gave credit to players Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long for their leadership on the "real issues", both of whom have been outspoken activists on social justice issues.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday that Trump viewed the move as a political stunt. "I will be there at 3:00 p.m. with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus to celebrate America".

In the National Basketball Association, both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors have already rejected a White House celebration, however their championship matchup turns out.

The White House released a statement Monday banning the Super Bowl champion Eagles from participating in the traditional visit. He has also has criticized the NFL's new policy, which prohibits players from kneeling/sitting on the field during the anthem. "The players have conducted themselves with dignity and grace and patriotism".

"We just never got a text", Qualls said.

Of course, not a single Eagles player kneeled during the national anthem before any game last season, and players denied the national anthem debate had anything to do with the decision for many players not to attend. At the end of the day I don't think it's about a statement. And so as players, I think it was left up to each individual what they wanted to do; they were gonna have some options.

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