Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Trump taunts National Football League players after nixing Eagles' White House visit

Trump taunts National Football League players after nixing Eagles' White House visit

In a statement later on Tuesday, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins did not reference Trump or Sanders specifically but said, "the decision was made to lie, and paint the picture that these players are anti-America, anti-flag and anti-military".

Slater and wide receiver Chris Hogan did speak a little on the national anthem issue and both said they plan to stand with their hands over their heart. President Donald Trump canceled the visit when he learned only a small number of players planned to attend the event.

On Tuesday, President Trump doubled down on his decision to not have the Eagles at the White House, tweeting "NFL, no escaping to Locker Rooms!"

The White House held an alternate ceremony without the Eagles, which focused on patriotism rather than the Super Bowl winners. Whoever wanted to attend should still have been able to attend.

However, while the crowd seemed much smaller than the 1,000 the White House said were scheduled to attend, some people on Twitter suspected the people who actually showed up may not have been the die-hard fans you might expect.

Fox News has apologized after players from the Philadelphia Eagles criticized the network for using footage of them kneeling in prayer during a report Monday night about national anthem protests.

Torrey Smith, who played as a wide receiver for the Eagles in the Super Bowl but has since been traded, responded on Twitter to Trump, saying that there were "so many lies". "I will be there at 3:00 p.m. with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus to celebrate America".

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".

In February, the Golden State Warriors declined to attend a White House ceremony to honor their 2017 NBA championship and instead toured the National Museum of African-American History and Culture with local students.

Kenney's statement said that the Eagles team "embodies everything that makes our country and our city great" and that the players "represent the diversity of our nation - a nation in which we are free to express our opinions".

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