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Philadelphia Eagles Star Malcolm Jenkins Protests After Trump Snub

08 June, 2018, 08:13 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • US President Donald Trump sings the national anthem at the Celebration of America event held on the White House's famed

Phillly.com reported fewer than 10 players planned to attend the ceremony at the White House, which was canceled by President Donald Trump in a critical statement Monday night.

The first sign read "You aren't listening" while others referenced the number of people shot by police this year, statistics about the criminal justice system and the charity work of various National Football League players, including Colin Kaepernick. Kerr also accused the president of "blatant displays of nationalism".

The traveling party wasn't arrived at by taking a vote.

And on Wednesday afternoon, Mrs. Trump finally appeared at an event that was open to the media.

MORE: POLL: Should the President have cancelled the Eagles' visit to the White House? "I wasn't involved in those discussions. Like guys said before me, I'm sure whoever wins this series won't be going".

"I'm not going to touch on it", Kelce said.

Eagles players rebuffed that notion, pointing out that no one on the team knelt for the anthem during last season.

Hordes of media crowded around the lockers of the usual suspects - Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long, Zach Ertz, Jason Kelce - and the questions went nearly exclusively about the White House, Donald Trump and, really, not at all about football.

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"I'm exhausted of the narrative being about the anthem, about the White House or whatever", he said following a meeting in downtown Philadelphia with top public defenders from around the country on the issue of bail reform. "I'm not discussing it".

Pederson had been energetic facing the media at his morning presser, beginning it with sarcasm. Smith-Pelly, one of two black Capitals players, spoke about Trump to Canada's Postmedia.

It apparently wasn't enough, though, for some of Pederson's players. "Let's hear it for the Eagles".

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said Mr. Trump's decision "only proves that our president is not a true patriot, but a fragile egomaniac".

"There's no statement needed", Long said. But I'm not going to speak for other teams. And then Trump rescinded his invitation, saying it was a disappointment to Eagles' fans and attendees. And so as players, I think it was left up to each individual what they wanted to do; they were gonna have some options. Foles and Wentz didn't make themselves available for comment. "When somebody says they don't want to come to the White House, he disinvites them". He also said he wasn't disappointed the Eagles didn't go. We respect our flag. "I think that's the bigger disappointment".

Coach Doug Pederson said before practice that he was looking forward to going to the White House to be recognized as Super Bowl champions but he wouldn't further discuss details of the trip's breakdown.

The locker room availbility Wednesday ended with more questions than concrete answers.

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