Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

President Trump cancels Philadelphia Eagles visit to White House

President Trump cancels Philadelphia Eagles visit to White House

Facing a growing boycott by Philadelphia Eagles players refusing to visit the White House Tuesday, President Trump made a decision to disinvite the Super Bowl champions and throw a celebration of the National Anthem instead, administration officials tell ABC News.

Donald Trump has disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles, the Super Bowl victor, from a planned White House celebration, the latest clash in his battle with American athletes over the national anthem.

It's not clear how many Eagles players had declined the White House's invitation to the celebration.

Here's the statement from the White House in which President Trump says fans "deserve better" than having a small group attend.

The president said he will instead be hosting "a different type of ceremony" with the U.S. Marine Band.

"So many lies", he wrote, adding, "Not many people were going to go". Among them was seemingly quarterback Carson Wentz, who said he would attend if his other teammates wanted to go.

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The Eagles have not yet responded to a request for comment.

The White House statement, attributed to the President, specifically cites disagreements over the National Anthem.

Some Eagles players were reportedly already planning to skip the event as some Patriots players did the year before.

Last season, some National Football League players took a knee during the anthem to protest police shootings of unarmed black men, sparking a controversy.

Jenkins and Long were among the players who expressed displeasure with the policy. Apparently that tradition will end as President Trump has disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles from visiting the White House. Former Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith also said he did not plan to attend.

'I will not let it silence me or stop me from fighting, ' he said recently.

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