Eagles carefully avoid engaging President in statement regarding canceled White House visit

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The statement issued by the Eagles on Monday night regarding the White House visit cancellation kerfuffle fairly can be characterized as the franchise taking the high road. It also can be read as the team tiptoeing around the possibility of getting into a back and forth with the Commander-in-Chief.

“It has been incredibly thrilling to celebrate our first Super Bowl Championship,” the Eagles said. “Watching the entire Eagles community come together has been an inspiration. We are truly grateful for all of the support we have received and we are looking forward to continuing our preparations for the 2018 season.”

That’s it. No mention of the White House visit. No mention of the cancellation of the White House visit. Above all else, no mention of the President.

The Eagles know they’re in a no-win situation. Even if they only defend themselves or explain their position, it easily could be twisted into an attack on the President and, in turn, an opening for more tweets and taunts and tumult.

Surely, the Eagles had to say something. Ultimately, the Eagles opted to say next to nothing.

It’s a continuation of the fear with which the NFL regards the President and his base. For a league that constantly fights and fights and fights and fights anyone and everyone and anything and everything, the NFL has finally found a foe who is capable of making the league run up a tree.

Here’s the real question: How long will that last? If the President plans to pick on the NFL any and every chance he can get, regardless of what the league does to defuse things, at some point a league that is used to rolling up its sleeves and throwing punches may decide that it’s go time.

89 responses to “Eagles carefully avoid engaging President in statement regarding canceled White House visit

  1. Would this be a conversation if the Patriots had won the Super Bowl? Why do we care about a pissing match between president and an NFL team? What’s the point of all this? It’s dumb. #unfollow

  2. At what point do some of the stars of the league look to these new leagues and start talking money? These other leagues could change their future with the right amount of money to persuade changing league affiliation for work.

  3. It’s sad that we have such an itrational baby of a president that this has to happen.

    I also wanna hear more from right wingers who complain about the government’s interferences in our lives all the time while they fully support this one sad man and his crusade to force grown men to stand during some song while it plays.

    You’re pathetic if you support this troll president, whom by the way, is a multiple time draft dodger – bet hey, get your nose all brown on his “support the troops” rhetoric.

  4. So that’s that. No worries… hey somebody, at least, is talking sensibly.
    How many weeks till the season starts?

  5. Trump is only doing this because he’s a sore loser who never got to own an NFL franchise. When the USFL flopped along with his New Jersey Generals, he just began holding a grudge against the NFL. Trump is hardly what one would call a patriot considering he dodged the draft and is so “buddy buddy” with the Russians. Trump never will own an NFL franchise.

  6. Sorry Mike, but that’s a weak take. They’ve tee’d themselves up. Sooner or later Trump will break out the 4 Wood and smackbthem hard… he’s just sitting there waiting for the right opportunity. With Trump, it’s always in the timing to when he takes his shots for the most collateral damage. If the Eagles were talking the high road, they would have remained quiet and made the trip.

  7. I get it. Certain factions of NFL Players want to take a knee to bring attention and awareness of protest police brutality… How about every second week players take a knee for Reginald Denny.

  8. “If the President plans to pick on the NFL any and every chance he can get, regardless of what the league does to defuse things, at some point a league that is used to rolling up its sleeves and throwing punches may decide that it’s go time.”

    Ok, lets provide some context for that.

    In 2017, arguably the NFL’s least popular year in recent decades, 70% of US consumers considered themselves NFL fans (per Statista).

    Donald Trump’s approval ratings since the start of 2017 have varied considerably from a low of 32% to a high of 45%, and is currently 41% (per Gallup). (The historical average for a president’s 6th quarter in office is 57%, btw).

    DJT is an unpopular old man who is in office for a limited amount of time. He’s a bug on the windshield of the NFL. In spite of all the incompetence that has plagued the Goodell era, professional football in the United States of America remains more popular than Jesus Christ and John Lennon combined, and that’s the plain truth.

  9. So, a majority of the eagles don’t want to go visit the president and somehow florio twists it into saying the president has the NFL running up a tree? Maybe the eagles just dont want to get into a 5th grade twitter war. The warriors also decided to pass on their white house visit. Seems like there are a lot of players out there that don’t care to visit the president.

  10. New found respect for the Eagles. Much more classy than the current occupant of the White House. Signed, Vikings fan.

  11. Roger Goodell says I’m worth 40 freakin million $$ a yr & he can’t solve a an anthem issue .How much will it take for Rog to do his job ? Maybe if he was pd 100 mil a yr and his family got free health care till the sun burnt out ; he would b able to figure this out.

  12. How can they be taking the high road when the whole reason the visit was cancelled is because of all the players that said they wouldn’t go. If they would grow up and act like adults and go visit the WH for the tradition of it than it would have never gotten to this. Do you really think that every player that has gone in the past liked the current president? The Eagles can’t even get winning a Super Bowl right.

  13. I get it , but I never thought I live to see the day when I d see a Philadelphia team get slapped by a Comrade Bonespurs like Trump.
    Times they are a changing

  14. It’s like President Trump could go anywhere and shoot anybody in the face and some would still say he is…oh wait I think some idiot already said something like that. Sorry…carry on. I’ll just keep paying these high gas prices while Trump argues with a football team about something irrelevant.

  15. The NFL is getting everything they deserve right now. Moving teams from cities, holding citizens hostage to fund stadiums for billionaires. turning this anthem controversy into a total sideshow. I am loving every minute of it.

  16. Pathetic response from my favorite team on earth. Jeffrey Lurie, you are such a coward.

  17. This is more GREAT news for Trump. Anytime he can get publicized the fact that millionaire athletes don’t want to respect the flag, its a win for him. He’s running an us vs “them”…and athletes kneeling is definitely “them”, Trump wins.

  18. Just in case there was any doubt, we all know Philadelphia is a classless “establishment” city, which prefers politics of the old – corruption, government waste, supports gangs, Iran, Hamas, North Korea…just a dump of a city.

  19. The sacrifices of those who built this country
    The ideals which define our society
    These are meaningless without a pretty flag to salute

  20. The NFL is predictably slow and clumsy with this anthem issue. While Trump (like him, or not) has been consistent and outspoken.

    Sounds like the Eagles are going to set down their 10-foot pole today… they are wise to move on.

  21. “Surely, the Eagles had to say something. Ultimately, the Eagles opted to say next to nothing.”

    They didn’t fear the president.

    They didn’t want to upset their snowflakes who were refusing to go that created the problem.

  22. This is working well for Trump. The “Blue Wave” is going out. Generic polls show the Democratic 17% lead has dropped to a statistical tie in the Mid Terms. Unemployment is at 3.8%, Black and Hispanic Unemployment at all time lows. A midterm loss of seats ( which is usually a given for a first term President) may actually not occur.

  23. The National Divider n Chief and super patriot, Gen. Bone Spurs, who is, self anointed and declared, above the law dictated HE didn’t like a particular expression of free speech, so the Philadelphia Eagles and NFL are persona non grata at the peoples White House. As the Tyrant n Chief divides our country and our oldest friends and allies abandon and weaken us, our enemies smile. A pox on the once great Republican Party of enablers. Vote and resist.

  24. The problem for Liberals is that they live in a bubble of cognitive dissonance and don’t realize their SJW-views are very unpopular among normal Americans and fans of the NFL.

    If you can’t stand respectfully for five minutes to honor your country and its veterans that sacrificed their lives then you are not someone worthy of the President’s time. Sending 9 out of 52 players was just disrespectful and he had the balls to call them out on it.

    The President reminded them that even the Eagles are on America’s “Team” and they should act accordingly. Perhaps more on the Left will soon realize that they are in the wrong.

  25. This temporary Dictatorship is new to all of us. The Eagles are smart not to poke a Dictator with an itchy twitter finger, a massive ego, and no filter.

  26. Well as Mark Twain so eloquently put it never argue with stupid people they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience. Donald can not be matched in his level of stupidity.

  27. Where were these guys when black unemployment and murder rates skyrocketed under President Obama? Oh right, they were cheering him on.

  28. The NFL has turned into Kevin Bacon from Animal House.

    “Thank you, sir, may I have another”

    They have bent over and let this president whip them.

  29. It would be nice to leave politics out of sports.You’re not getting paid by the government,you’re getting paid by the fans !!

  30. Wise decision on the Iggles part not by engaging President Trump.

    The Eagles leadership (Players that is and I use that term lightly) are a bunch of overpaid SJW’s that don’t have a clear message, disrespect the highest office and the United States.

    Thank you President Trump for standing up for Americas values.

    Ignorant, spoiled , SJW’s drama queens be damned.

  31. The High School bully a pathetic psychopath is having a Birthday party and invites all his class mates. A couple of days before the party he finds out no one is coming so he dis invites everyone. Sound familiar.

  32. NFL owners and players have to get together to fight a common enemy…Trump. He’s just using the anthem issue to unify and energize his base. That’s all he’s doing.

    A rep from each team in the league and at least five owners need to sit in a room and find something that works for everyone (everyone meaning fans too) and then move forward. It’s that simple.

  33. The Eagles not engaging in name-calling with a child isn’t a show of fear; it’s called being an adult and not giving the child what he wants.

  34. Bullies keep bullying until they get punched in the nose. Trump has learned that the most obnoxious person always wins because no one has the stomach to keep opposing him to the end.

  35. Sweet! Thank you Eagles! And the ten people still planning to go were only being polite! This is great.

    Trump CANNOTdictate how free-thinking Americans are to behave, think, or feel, while living in a country that had already been the greatest in the world, long before anyone heard the name Donald Trump. He’s a draft-dodging poser.

    These are not protests against America or those who served and died. It’s a protest mourning the evaporation of everything those same people died for! Freedom of choice. Freedom of expression. I don’t plan on becoming a Stepford Patriot.

  36. “Taking the High Road”?????????
    They’ve been ripping the President along with the rest of the league for the last 8 months+.
    This is Trumps way of sticking it to them before they get another chance to stick it to him. Because if Trump did invite them, there were already about a dozen Eagles that said they weren’t going anyway..That’s taking the high road Eagles????? Guess what NFL? You’re that important and if you want to play politics this is what happens. Especially when you mess with the greatest leader this nation has ever seen.

  37. “shadywarrior says: June 4, 2018 at 11:54 pm What a time to be alive…”

    Mr. Shady I’m older now and I lived through Viet Nam, Nixon’s resignation, the fall of the Iron Curtain and a lot more. It is a good time to be alive. Quite a show, eh?

  38. Kinda more with Trump on this – the issues are not all suddenly new since his election, nor could have altered much since then regardless who was elected, yet would so many Eagles have boycotted Crooked Hillary like they have Tawdry Trump? No. The players are politicizing what is supposed to be a mere celebration – what happened to just having fun? And call yourselves Eagles? Oh the irony – Hashtags is more like it.

  39. “weepingjebus says:
    June 5, 2018 at 7:55 am
    Where were these guys when black unemployment and murder rates skyrocketed under President Obama? Oh right, they were cheering him on.”

    Actually, Kaepernick first kneeled during the national anthem in August 2016, when Obama was still president. So did other players like Brandon Marshall, Kenny Stills and Arian Foster. Trump has worked hard to make this (like everything else) about him. But it began before he was even elected.

  40. Jim Russell says:
    June 5, 2018 at 7:29 am
    The National Divider n Chief and super patriot, Gen. Bone Spurs, who is, self anointed and declared, above the law dictated HE didn’t like a particular expression of free speech, so the Philadelphia Eagles and NFL are persona non grata at the peoples White House. As the Tyrant n Chief divides our country and our oldest friends and allies abandon and weaken us, our enemies smile. A pox on the once great Republican Party of enablers. Vote and resist.
    ——————————————————————————-

    I would argue the President alone does not have the power to divide. Division is the choice of the people. The people who disagree with the President seem to have a natural reaction to throw temper tantrums and name call. Your comment is well worded but quite inaccurate. The “allies” you refer to only support us because they have been taking advantage of the US for almost a decade.

  41. Well, the Eagles can’t have it both ways. You can’t get mad enough at Trump to say you’re not coming to the White House, and then turn around and get mad at Trump for cancelling the visit, especially after most of the team declines the offer. If Trump had never offered them a visit, they’d be mad at him for that.

    At some point, you just need to leave it alone.

  42. I don’t care about these guys politics or whether they kneel or not. I also don’t care about them getting to go to the white house for winning a championship. The mass general public does not care either. Just the social media dwellers and the mainstream media. #eyeroll

  43. I never thought I’d live to see the day an Eagle becomes a chicken.
    And I don’t mean the players turning down the invite.
    I mean this statement that let’s the Orange Troll Clown walk all over them.

  44. Why not just go? It’s a tradition…who cares if you don’t like the president…just go. Just do it. For respect of our country at least. What a bunch of bums.

  45. I just like reading all the comments from those that never served in the military try to tell veterans such as myself what patriotism is !

  46. The whole meet with the POTUS after winning the championship[ is old. It was nice and cute when Reagan did it (and he did it best by having them there right away). But then the novelty faded. It seems to me that the POTUS ought to concentrate on more important things.

  47. God bless Trump. Pandering sissy Chris Long doesn’t deserve the visit. Nor Jenkins the whiner.

  48. Who cares if they don’t go to the White House? The fans are the worst in the business, and have to smash up the town after their win. Don’t blame the President cancelling, better late than never. Just get off your asses and stand. All the money they make, and the fans are left paying stupid prices to watch this kneeling.

  49. Many Eagles fans have waited a long time to see their team get this HONOR. Shame on the Eagles players for making it about them and their personal/political agendas. Just another day in the life of 2018.

  50. How enjoyable it would be if Trump had instead invited the Patriots to the WH instead. How livid the Eagles and their fans be… #Priceless

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