Eagles insist White House invitation won’t divide locker room

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The Eagles organization accepted an invitation to the White House, but how many players will go?

Chris Long and Malcolm Jenkins already said they wouldn’t attend. Carson Wentz, though, said he tentatively plans on taking the trip.

“I know for me, personally, if the team decides as a whole, most guys want to go or be a part of it, I’ll be attending with them,” the quarterback said, via Rob Ellis of NBC Sports Philadelphia. “I think it’s just a cool way to receive the honor nationally and be recognized. I don’t personally view it — I know some people do and everyone has their opinion on it — but I don’t view it as a political thing whatsoever. I don’t mess with politics very often.”

Zach Ertz and Brandon Brooks were among the Eagles who said they remain undecided, and while Long and Jenkins reiterated that they will skip the trip, they insist it won’t affect the team’s locker room chemistry.

“As far as teammates, yeah, we all have a choice, so nobody’s judging anybody,” Long said. “It’s an honor to get to go to the White House, and it means something different to everybody else.”

31 responses to “Eagles insist White House invitation won’t divide locker room

  1. Perhaps it’s nothing more than mutual respect and decency, and it looks weird in 2018.

    Or perhaps they’re just like everyone else.

  2. I hope no one suggests to the players that won’t attend “You should go and have a dialogue with the president about the issues that are bothering you.”
    It’s only a photo op. There won’t be any opportunity to sit down and “dialogue” with the president about important social issues. He doesn’t even do that with members of his own cabinet.

  3. The trump white house should save money and not hold a ceremony
    since their behavior is costing the citizens of the United States
    a lot of money with the Mueller investigation.

  4. Oddly enough, the Social Justice Warriors would gladly accept an invite from the previous President, under whom all the racial crap happened.

    Unlike our current Pres, under whom almost nothing of the sorts is going on.

  5. We Eagles fans were told all year about how Jenkins and Kong’s activism would hurt the team and be it’s downfall. It made no difference, and neither shall this, some will go, some won’t and nobody will remember it the next week.
    If a team’s mature as the eagles have shown it won’t be an issue

  6. such BS. Do you think every player over Obama’s 8 years agreed with him? No but they went. Respect your country. Obama was a corporate democrat who sold this country out, gutted wel-fare reforms all the while trying to sell TPP at the top of his lungs. What hope and change came? Yet people went, out of respect for the office and your country. We are becoming a bunch of cry babies in this country.

  7. Seems a different tone in this post vs players not showing up for Obama.
    ‘Hyde notes that it does feed a widespread perception that the ’72 Dolphins are a bunch of “Grumpy Old Men” who don’t take much joy in celebrating their great accomplishment but do delight in denigrating others’
    -Easy solution people want to read about the NFL not politics so just stay neutral on either side.

  8. Trump IS YOUR PRESIDENT. Many didn’t like Obama, but they at least showed respect. Shows who is the real adults nowadays.

  9. “I think it’s just a cool way to receive the honor nationally and be recognized. I don’t personally view it — I know some people do and everyone has their opinion on it — but I don’t view it as a political thing whatsoever. I don’t mess with politics very often.”

    It is an honor. It is not political.

    Except for those that refuse the honor making it political.

    It’s their loss.

  10. He is right. The visit to the White House is not political. People need to stop putting pressure on players or teams not to go because they don’t like the current administration. That is foolish behavior and thinking. I am not a fan of this administration or the last one, but this should not have anything to do with politics.

  11. Skipping the trip and passing on a chance to have conversation and express opinion on current issues they’re protesting.

  12. Trump IS YOUR PRESIDENT. Many didn’t like Obama, but they at least showed respect. Shows who is the real adults nowadays.
    —————————

    Tom Brady didn’t

  13. Players should make their own choices. The reality is that Trump was never considered a racist until the MSM started working him over on a daily basis. If you tell a lie long enough it becomes truth to some people.

  14. Except they all sound very divided – either won’t go, or don’t know, or some like Wentz not just going but saying they should go as a team like he’s doing – effectively calling out the no-shows.

  15. mm556 says:
    May 23, 2018 at 9:56 am
    Trump IS YOUR PRESIDENT. Many didn’t like Obama, but they at least showed respect. Shows who is the real adults nowadays.
    —————————
    Tom Brady didn’t
    ———————————-
    Yes it does, mm556, if you know why – Brady declined only after Obama had publicly trolled him over deflategate. So who’s the adult President?

  16. its a personal decision, personally, I would not got, but each player must make his won decision.
    Everything is political now-a-days, by going, you give the appearance of endorsement, by not going the opposite.

  17. Rodgers walks into A Barr says:
    May 22, 2018 at 11:14 pm
    Oddly enough, the Social Justice Warriors would gladly accept an invite from the previous President, under whom all the racial crap happened.

    Unlike our current Pres, under whom almost nothing of the sorts is going on.
    ========================

    You must have been out of the country during the Charlottesville incident.

  18. Anyone who says it’s not political has their head in the sand. Put aside your feelings about Trump in particular for a second and pretend it’s someone else.

    Pretend there were a person in the White House who you genuinely thought was selling out our foreign policy for personal wealth, sowing racial discord, taking from the rest of us to give more to the 1%, and trying to set up an authoritarian government free of checks and balances.

    If you thought all that was true and still showed up to smile and appear in a photo with him, you’d be a hypocrite and an enabler.

  19. streetyson says:

    May 23, 2018 at 11:40 am

    mm556 says:
    May 23, 2018 at 9:56 am
    Trump IS YOUR PRESIDENT. Many didn’t like Obama, but they at least showed respect. Shows who is the real adults nowadays.
    —————————
    Tom Brady didn’t
    ———————————-
    Yes it does, mm556, if you know why – Brady declined only after Obama had publicly trolled him over deflategate. So who’s the adult President?

    Streetyson:
    Trump has called for players to be fired for not standing, called them sons of b****es and said they shouldn’t be in the country but yeah, he’s the adult president…

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