A timely tradition for championship-winning professional sport teams is spending a day at the White House and meeting with the President of the United States. Monday, President Donald Trump sent out a statement uninviting the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House.
President Trump has made his feelings known about the National Football League for awhile now. The President grew mad at players that were kneeing during the National Anthem this past season. He believes it is disgraceful and it is disrespecting the flag and what it represents. The players feel they must do this because they want people to know about the social injustices in the country.
Trump in response to the Eagle players has now changed his mind and uninvited the team after learning several players were not going to show. The Philadelphia Eagles did have some that were still interested but that was not going to cut it.
Trump said, “The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,00 fans planning to attend deserve better.”
Instead of the planned ceremony, the ceremony that will take will now be to “honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem.”
This is not the first time Trump has rescinded an invitation. Last year, Trump uninvited the Golden State Warriors after statements made by Stephen Curry. In a tweet, he said, “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
Update at 9:48 PM
The Philadelphia Eagles have responded via Twitter.