The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52 by a score of 41-33. It was an entertaining game from beginning to end.
However, a number of players are already planning to boycott a trip to visit President Trump at the White House.
From The Hill:
Several players on the Philadelphia Eagles have said they are not planning to attend the traditional Super Bowl winners’ White House visit this year.
Wide receiver Torrey Smith, defensive end Chris Long, and safety Malcolm Jenkins are some of the players who have said they don’t plan to participate in the visit to the White House, NJ.com reported.
The decisions come after President Trump last year ignited controversy when he targeted players for kneeling during the national anthem.
The protests began in 2016 with former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem to protest brutality and racial injustice.
Trump last year called for the NFL to implement a rule requiring that players stand during the anthem — saying that kneeling was disrespectful to the country’s flag and its military.
More from NJ:
Meanwhile, Long — who also skipped the post Super Bowl White House trip last year as a member of the New England Patriots — says that he does not want his children to grow up having been influenced by Trump’s actions or policies.
“No,” Long said during the Pardon My Take Podcast. “I’m not going to the White House. Are you kidding me?”
What a shame.
Being invited to the White House as a champion is an honor, not a privilege.