Philadelphia Eagles Undecided On White House Visit

From NBC 10 Philadelphia

From NBC 10 Philadelphia

There had been some question about whether the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles would visit President Donald Trump at the White House after earning their first ever title.

Several of the team's players including safety Malcolm Jenkins and defensive end Chris Long are outspoken critics of President Trump and his administration's policies around criminal justice and immigration.

The Eagles are slated to visit the White House and President Trump on June 5. Lurie was supportive of Jenkins and Long when they demonstrated during the anthem last season. "But visiting the White House is not something that I'm interested in doing at this time". Jenkins told NBC10 that he will be in Washington with his teammates but won't go to the White House. "I think they should have that opportunity". I want the guys who chose to go to enjoy that.

"Going to the White House should be seen as an honor, and I believe it is an honor, but to me it has to be an honor with the right type of respect in office. I just don't see it", Smith said in February.

Running back LeGarrette Blount, now with the Detroit Lions, also did not visit following the Patriots' victory but has not announced his plans regarding the Eagles' visit. But for many Eagles, Trump represents a clashing of politics and ideology.

The date, June 5, could be an issue as the Eagles will be in the middle of a voluntary OTA during that time. He is expected to report to the NovaCare Complex on Monday as the Eagles begin OTAs.

Of course, just because a few players don't want to go doesn't mean the Eagles won't accept the invite. The team released a statement at that time, stating that they were working through the logistics of the visit and viewed it "not only as an opportunity to be recognized for our on-field achievements, but also as an opportunity to engage in productive dialogue with the leaders of our country".

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