Following Super Bowl Win, Eagles Players Boycott White House Visit


Following Super Bowl Win, Eagles Players Boycott White House Visit

Several players on the Philadelphia Eagles have announced that they will not be visiting the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory.

After the win, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins told reporters [via DeadState]:

“I personally do not anticipate attending that… I don’t have a message for the president. My message has been clear all year: I’m about creating positive change in the communities that I come from, whether it be Philadelphia, New Jersey, Ohio, Louisiana, or this entire country. I want to see changes in our criminal justice system. I want to see us push for economic and educational advancement in communities of color and low-income communities. And I want to see our relationships between our communities and our law enforcement be advanced. That’s what myself and my peers have been pushing for for the last two years, and that’s what I’ll continue to do.”

While playing for the Patriots last season, Eagles Defensive end Chris Long turned down an invitation to the White House. When asked whether he would attend this year, he responded with the phrase: “Are you kidding me?
While the team has not presented a “unified front”, wide receiver Torrey Smith says that the team have discussed the President, although he didn’t mention any specifics. Smith told reporters:
“We read the news just like everyone else. You see Donald Trump tweet something We have those conversations in the locker room, just like everyone else does in the workplace.”
So far, the President has not commented on the matter. To read more about the Eagles protests this season, you can head over to ThinkProgress.org

4 Responses to "Following Super Bowl Win, Eagles Players Boycott White House Visit"

  1. RSD   Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Good for them. Stand for what you believe in and don’t give this jerk a photo op that he will end up using against the NFL, or African Americans or just America in general. He’s the worst piece of horse dung that ever stepped into the White House. Don’t feed his ego any more than he does for himself every day.

  2. Rob   Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 at 10:53 am

    I completely respect the decisions of any player or person who does not want to meet the president. For myself if I had been invited to the White House to meet President Obama because of his stance on certain policies I would not have accepted the invitation either. Fly Eagles Fly

  3. Kenneth Metal   Thursday, February 8th, 2018 at 7:39 am

    Note to Mr. Jenkins: I am a 71 year old white male. I am proud to be the same kind of patriotic, thinking, caring and compassionate American as you. We are truly brothers from different mothers. #soproudweshareAmerica

  4. D. J.   Thursday, February 8th, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Good for the Eagles.