Donald Trump: Eagles Uninvited to White House over Disagreement on Anthem Policy

President Donald Trump rescinded an invitation to the Philadelphia Eagles to commemorate their Super Bowl LII victory over the New England Patriots at the White House on Tuesday. 
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CNN’s Phil Mattingly shared a statement from the White House indicating the two parties disagreed over Trump’s insistence NFL players stand for the national anthem on the sideline prior to games:

The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House. Unfortunately, only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event. Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!

The NFL recently enacted a new policy regarding the national anthem that requires players to stand for the anthem if they’re present on the sidelines. Players can opt instead to remain in the locker room until the anthem concludes.

Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich, who is treasurer for the NFLPA, invited Trump to Womens Tim Duncan Jersey visit the Giants’ locker room and Michael Thomas, who kneeled last season while on the Dolphins, said he won’t allow himself to be emotionally hijackedby the new anthem policy.

The Eagles did not have any players take a knee during the anthem in 2017 but acquired outspoken Michael Bennett Authentic Justin Vogel Jersey who would not have been part of the visit this offseason.

Started by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, kneeling is intended to bring awareness to social injustices, police brutality and acts of racism.

Eagles star Malcolm Jenkins, a Piscataway native, has been one of the leader’s of the NFL’s social movement and he has communicated with law enforcement and helped convince the NFL to commit $89 million over seven years to the cause. He referred to Trump as an Internet troll.