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Some Eagles Players Planning to Decline WH Invitation — Kellyanne Conway Already Has a Plan

Several Philadelphia Eagles players have said they are planning on skipping the team’s visit to the White House in a few months.

Defensive end Chris Long, wide receiver Torrey Smith and safety Malcolm Jenkins are among the players who have planned to opt out of the reception held by President Donald Trump, NJ.com reports.

“They call it the anthem protest,” Smith said last week. “We’re not protesting the anthem. It’s a protest during the anthem. I understand why people are mad, or may be offended when someone takes a knee.”

Trump has repeatedly criticized players who decide to kneel during the national anthem.

“My father, when he dies, is going to be buried with an American flag draped around his casket, being that he served in the Army,” Smith continued. “I understand why some people are offended by it. Also, there are soldiers that have issues going on right now, and they are things that affect them. They’re things that affect my father. He understands both sides of the issue.”

Long, who also skipped last year’s White House visit as a member of the New England Patriots, said he doesn’t want his children to be influenced by Trump’s actions.

“No,” Long said last week during Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” podcast. “I’m not going to the White House. Are you kidding me?”

Long received attention from former President Barack Obama for donating his entire 2017 salary to help fund scholarships in Charlottesville, Virginia.

To fill the spots of those who choose not to attend, meanwhile, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told a Philadelphia radio host she’ll invite veterans.

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Catalina

    February 5, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Why do we even spend taxpayers money on hosting them at the White House. They get paid for what they do. It’s their job! There are millions of heros doing their jobs everyday that are much more worthy than winning a game!

  2. John

    February 5, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Protest before or after the national anthem. If you do not show respect for others, you should not expect any respect from others.

    • Kathleen Gordon

      February 5, 2018 at 6:20 pm

      You got that right!

  3. Karen Horvot

    February 5, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    This is why many boycotting football! We did in our home,you do not disrespect out flag,our Military,our President,our country! Who do you think you are! This is why your ratings down,you will regret seeing your fans at future games! So sad your brain washed from Democrats,and are making a huge mistakes with your fans! Turning down our Presidents invite after the knee thing is disgraceful! He’s trying so hard,but you all keep bashing him,karma!

  4. Marvin Thayer

    February 5, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    They are doing more than just paying lip service or symbolic kneeling. They have a right to protest, just not n football time. Going to the WH is up to the player. For Beltway Barbie to say she is going to invite veterans, when the administration is doing nothing for veterans, is a photo op, and nothing more. the President, wraps himself in veterans, when he didn’t have the courage to be one himself. He is a poser when it comes to that.

    • Kathleen Gordonou

      February 5, 2018 at 6:30 pm

      Gee Marvin, what have you done for the veterans?? Maybe President Trump failed the physical, you just don’t know. Your lip service about our President is offensive to me and alot of other true patriots! Yes those players have the right to protest but not when they are paid to play a game! President Trump is trying to make this country great again [even for you]! Your talk of courage is a joke to me, think about what this President has faced since he has been in office, that’s real courage! Get off your soap box and support this President, you jerk!

  5. Michael

    February 5, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    like a democrat told me at lunch one day, if you want to pray go to a church of your choice, kneel down and pray.

  6. Sue

    February 5, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    His loss, nobody will miss those who decline. They will have their day of reckoning.

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