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Trump calls off event for NFL's Eagles, cites anthem dispute

Trump calls off event for NFL's Eagles, cites anthem dispute

Long also wrote that most players who decided not to visit the White House on Tuesday had decided long before the NFL issued a new edict last month that said players in the future would be fined if they knelt during the playing of the national anthem.

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

Trump previously has boasted National Football League player knee-taking is a "good issue" for him.

Especially since the last national anthem to be played at an NFL game came in February, and Trump made this decision yesterday. However, the Eagles were one of only a few teams to not have any players kneel during the national anthem at all last season.

One White House aide noted that, while the political team wants to prioritize "friends" of the President when making decisions about who to help, the situation for Republicans this year is too perilous to exclude everyone who has ever broken with Trump.

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.

The anthem became a politically charged issue a year ago, when a number of players kneeled during its playing before games in protest of the conditions black people face in the U.S.

The players did not urge a collective decision on what to do as a team, giving each player his own option of whether to take the trip.




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".

Last year, 2017 National Basketball Association champion Golden State were similarly dis-invited from the White House by Trump after Warriors star Stephen Curry said he wouldn't attend.

The debate over whether professional athletes should be forced to stand during the national anthem emerged in 2016, when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during "The Star-Spangled Banner" to protest racial inequality and police brutality.

The policy, which the league claimed received unanimous ownership approval, despite two owners abstaining, another firmly backing his players and a report that no official vote was ever held, was initially praised by Trump and vice president Mike Pence. They're not the first team to refuse attendance at a White House event, including parts of the Patriots, some Olympians, and others.

"When he had the opportunity to serve his country for real, his father got him out of it, and I think it's really disingenuous for him to talk about patriotism in any way shape or form", Kenney told CNN, referring to military draft deferments Trump obtained that kept him out of the service during the Vietnam War.

"Mrs. Trump has always been a strong and independent woman who puts her family, and certainly her health, above all else, and that won't change over a rabid press corps", Grisham said in a statement Monday. "Honoring America! NFL, no escaping to Locker Rooms!" he tweeted.

Trump's statement said there would be a "different kind of ceremony" in place of the traditional team visit.

The politics are already playing out in the state's Senate race, where Republican Rep. Lou Barletta is challenging Democratic incumbent Bob Casey.