Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Anthem row: Trump scraps event

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Herman Weaver | 08 June, 2018, 21:59

"Going to the White House is a considered a great honor for a championship team", Trump tweeted at the time.

Jenkins issued a lengthy statement on Twitter on Tuesday after the White House disinvited the Eagles from an event originally meant to honor the Super Bowl champions.

The President also noted that numerous Eagles weren't planning to attend the White House ceremony.

It was unclear exactly what prompted the change of plans. So Trump, to spare himself the snub, disinvited the team because, he said, they disagree with him about standing for the national anthem - even though all members of the Eagles stood for the anthem all season long.

Trump, he said, "continues to spread the false narrative that players are anti military".

The dramatic and slobberknocker 41-33 Super Bowl LII win was the first ever for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Fox News faced controversy on Tuesday after they showed footage of Philadelphia Eagles players kneeling in prayer that suggested they were kneeling during the anthem during FOX News at Night with Shannon Bream late Monday night.

But when the event he called "Celebration of America" came, Trump was caught on video mouthing along to "God Bless America", clearly not knowing any of the lyrics aside from the title.

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Especially since the last national anthem to be played at an NFL game came in February, and Trump made this decision yesterday.

Earlier this week, the first lady participated in a White House event for military families. It's a cowardly act to cancel the celebration because the majority of the people don't want to see you.

"He's basically making a very simple request that when the National Anthem is played at a sporting event, people stand, and people respect that and I know everybody saying but nobody need, nobody - they're obviously are some hurt feelings over the new policy".

"So many lies", tweeted Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith.

The team has not released a statement in response.

At least two members of the champion team and the National Football League players' union pushed back, saying that the event should have gone forward if any Eagles planned to attend. He had told aides a year ago that he was embarrassed when Tom Brady, the star quarterback of that season's champion New England Patriots, opted to skip a White House visit. "You have to stand, proudly, for the national anthem or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there, maybe you shouldn't be in the country". He drew national attention for refusing to stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to kickoff.

"You're complicit in PLAYING America", Long wrote. "Maybe they shouldn't be in the country". Pennsylvania officials including Philadelphia's Democratic mayor and members of the state's congressional delegation invited the team to alternative events. I'm equally proud of the Eagles' activism off the field.

Kerr was asked about the Minnesota Lynx, the WNBA champions who were uninvited to the White House and spent their day in Washington helping underprivileged children in a southeast D.C. school.

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