President Trump announced Monday the Philadelphia Eagles will not visit the White House this week to celebrate the team’s Super Bowl win amid the national anthem dispute.
Trump, in a statement, said the team is “unable” to visit the ceremony because they don’t agree with his belief that NFL players should “proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.”
Trump said the @Eagles are now “unable to come to the White House” due to team members refusing to “proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart,” breaking tradition with previous presidents pic.twitter.com/lPuqZqOzWR
— POLITICO (@politico) June 4, 2018
The Eagles, who won Super Bowl LII in February, apparently wanted to send a smaller group of players — as a handful did not plan to attend — but Trump seemingly uninvited the entire team.
Players Brandon Graham, Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long and Torrey Smith previously said they would not attend the event.
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) May 23, 2018
— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) May 23, 2018
A group of 1,000 fans, however, are still invited to attend a “different type” of event, one which Trump said “will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem.”
Trump in September 2017 rescinded the Golden State Warriors’ invitation to visit the White House after they won the NBA championship because Stephen Curry was “hesitating,” while several players from the New England Patriots, who won Super Bowl LI, skipped the traditional visit.
The ceremony to “celebrate America” is scheduled to take place at the White House Tuesday at 3 p.m.