Report: Fewer than 10 Eagles players were headed to White House

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The Philadelphia Eagles had over 70 players on their roster at the end of the season when counting the 53-man active roster, injured reserve list and practice squad. Fewer than 10 of those players were expected to be in attendance for the ceremony at the White House with President Donald Trump on Tuesday, according to a report by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Team owner Jeffrey Lurie was among personnel expected to make the trip, but the travel party was expected to be rather small as most of the players that hoisted the Lombardi Trophy in Minneapolis in February were not planning to attend.

The White House rescinded the invitation less than 24 hours before the scheduled ceremony. A statement from the White House panned the team for not attending en masse and because “they disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our country.”

Trump also tweeted, “The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House. Unfortunately, only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event. Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!”

No Eagles players stayed in the locker room for the anthem nor kneeled during it last season.

The Eagles released a statement of their own Monday night seemingly attempting to take the high road without mentioning the President or the White House.

“It has been incredibly thrilling to celebrate our first Super Bowl Championship,” the team said in a statement Monday night. “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.”

Instead of a ceremony to honor the Super Bowl Champions, the event is now being labeled as the “Celebration of America,” per Nikki Schwab of the New York Post.

115 responses to “Report: Fewer than 10 Eagles players were headed to White House

  1. Why does Trump (or the White House folks) feel they can put words into the mouths of the Eagles players? Just because they didn’t want to come may have had to do with Trump and not anything to do with the flag. Not that Trump ever lets the truth get in the way of the things he says.

  2. it’s a sad commentary the players don’t consider the president of the usa dignified enough to visit, even after he was elected fair and square by putin himself.

  3. Wow only 10 players were going? No wonder the big orange baby cancelled. Granted he could have taken the high road and still hosted the 10 but we all know Trump isn’t capable of taking the high road.

  4. Trump is so pathetic…realized no one was coming so he tries to save face and cancel it…I wonder how his supporters turn a blind eye to all the things he does that contradict his so-called “patriotism”…dodged the draft, insults POW’S, sits and talks as the flag is lowered and “retreat” is played on a Pennsylvania Air National Guard base, insists everyone stand for the national anthem, and then is shown not even knowing the words…what exactly has he done to show any true qualities of being a patriot? It seems like most of his supporters are as delusional as him…and much like him…believe his lies…

  5. How dare Trump wanting players to stand for the country that made it possible for most of them to be multimillionaires instead of flipping burgers.

  6. This is a flat out lie! Stop it with the ridiculous biased comments. Come on man!

  7. So what about the 10 Eagles that were looking forward to going to The White House? Trump just cares about the fact that he would look bad if only 10 players showed up. Only thinking of himself as usual, he then cancels the whole thing, like a petulant narcissistic child.

  8. This situation has been mishandled by everyone…players, owners, media, fans and the president. But only one person on that list has the job of leading, problem-solving, uniting and finding common ground to build on to make a deal…this president is an absolute joke. He can’t make deals, he can’t solve problems, he can’t lead. Everything he touches he makes worst. We can add the NFL to his growing list of debacles.

  9. The left was sold a bag of lies by the media they still defend. They ate the bullcrap that Hillary was a shoe-in and they still havent grasped the fact that they were lied to. The leftist media attempted to orchestrate the outcome of a Presidential election by creating the false perception that Hillary was a sure thing.

  10. The President invited the team to visit the White House. The Eagles (as a team) weren’t interested in going so I’m not sure what the uproar is all about.

  11. Wentz
    Beau Allen
    Lane Johnson

    Kelce opted out.

  12. 10!!
    The eagles are divas who won’t repeat
    Can’t blame Trump for canceling the invitation.

  13. I wish he had not cancelled it. I don’t care if it was only 2 or 3 players that showed up. I consider it an honor to be asked to visit the White House. Those who don’t choose to go, that it their right, but I really would have respected the ones that did.

  14. ‘Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!’

    He’s so paranoid, literally not a single member of the team has suggested they’d even do that, and as mentioned in the article no members of the team did that nor knelt last year.
    Sadly some people are so twisted around his fingers he can play these games and they’ll lap up every second of it.

  15. Im confused. It seems to me like someone who would like to make a social difference would want to meet with the president and you know make a difference.

  16. Thumbing one’s nose at our current president, or extending a specific digit of one’s hand, does sound like fun.

    Nice job Eagles!!

  17. How incredibly embarrassing for the dope in the White House. Trump is anti-America. He and the America hating conservatives are lost.

  18. silentcount
    Jun 4, 2018, 8:51 PM EDT
    Trump speaks for most Americans which is why he was elected president. The kneeling NFL players speak for only the ungrateful.

    Sorry, who exactly should these black players be thanking, you and the other racists that think they should be seen and not heard? Athletes don’t owe you squat, you pay for a product that entertains you and act like your money on tickets and popcorn is what keeps them out of section 8. This indignant hateful attitude is caused by racism.

    You are a racist.

    Keep calling’em ungrateful, but cop to being a racist. Admit it, you know you’re better than these black athletes, they owe you, isn’t that right?

    As for Trump speaking for most Americans, chuckle. I’ve heard that one before! No, he speaks for Republicans and specifically his “base” and they point to economy as if it just validates this epic disaster (which according to you, MURICA wants) but the truth is, clearly not – has he cracked 43% approval? You realize he sat in the low 30s for a year right? I realize that simple things like facts won’t matter, but the truth is, most of America is not actually racist, you just want them to be because you are……racist.

  19. What’s Trump’s deal with crowd size? This has to be the most insecure president ever.

  20. Perfect response from the Eagles. This president is an embarrassment to us all.

  21. Donald Trump is a joke.
    Cancels the ceremony after realizing that noone is showing up, then makes it seem like he was canceling it because they would not agree with his stance on the anthem.. wow

  22. This is just trump throwing a fit for his base and they will eat it up for a news cycle so that people won’t talk about how he lied about dictating the response about the Russia meeting in trump tower.

    The Patriots only had 34 members come last year compared to 50 when obama was president but apparently that wasn’t an issue. This is all about him not having the biggest crowd.

  23. Lol!wonder what his excuse will be when the Warriors win the NBA championship and refuse to go? He can’t say they were disrespecting the flag. Just face facts. No one cares to meet the most divisive and unprofessional POTUS we’ve ever had.

  24. Deliberately smearing the Eagles as “unpatriotic” for not standing when NO ONE on the team knelt all season? Kudo’s to the Eagles for not engaging on an accusation so IDIOTIC it needs no refutal.

  25. I wouldn’t have attended when Obama was prez. Eagles owners immature remarks is real reason for cancellation

  26. finally a president with morals. Cant wait to see the eagles go from first to last. all americans will celebrate. No wonder people hate black men

  27. This is pretty funny. As was pointed out, no Eagles players stayed in the locker room or kneeled, so it shows that Trump’s real reason for cancelling is that the players didn’t support him, and he couldn’t handle that emotionally.

    So he shifts gears and says some canned lines about loving the country, respecting the flag, etc. What’s even funnier is that his kind of pandering works so well with his supporters.

  28. Even though the president is not a likeable person, I can’t blame him for cancelling the event if only 10 players were going to show up. Maybe cancelling all future White House trips is a smart decision that will move in the much needed direction of separating sports from politics.

  29. Rip the President fine, but this also shows how petty the players are. Both sides are extremely childish.

  30. You think this is a circus, just wait until the two Man Childs meet next week. Humanity will be lucky to survive.

  31. “No Eagles players stayed in the locker room for the anthem nor kneeled during it last season”……

  32. Doesn’t make for good photo op…but what if he called on the 1987 Philadelphia Eagles replacements/scabs to don some jerseys and join in!?

  33. “Taking the high road”….something that the thin-skinned self-centered 5-yr old in the whitehouse knows nothing about

  34. dumb as heck!
    It don’t matter your race, religion, status in life or political beliefs!
    The SB winning team has always went to the white house, no matter who or what was president of the us!

  35. Fortunately the Eagles will not get another chance to be invited to the White House. Their 1-year reign will soon be over.

  36. Way to go, Eagles. Stay away from the Idiot-in-Chief, as far as you can. Trump isn’t deserving of your presence. The only thing Trump truly deserves is impeachment. This coming from a die-hard Patriots fan.

  37. Fewer than 10 white house staffers care about the Eagles, so..draw?

  38. Story’s been up for almost 10 hours and not a single comment. I’m assuming the moderators have been hard at work all night.

  39. What a bunch of ungrateful brats. You have the privilege to live in the best country in America and make millions of dollars, and you can’t even just suck it up and go.

  40. Trump keeps winning. If only 10 were going why do it? Good for him! And the players lose again after trying to slight him.

    Too funny!

  41. “i dont want to go to your party! youre not cool enough for me to come”
    “ok, then you arent invited”
    “how dare you try to control me waaaaaaaah”

  42. An NFL field is no place for social protest or political statement making. What don’t these players get? I’m really just getting tired of their acts and losing interest in the NFL.

  43. Fewer than 10 Eagles players were headed to White House
    I guess they’re playing that game follow the libs

  44. Trump is a moron.
    Its statements like this from citizens and the media alike that’ll put Trump in office for another 4 years.

  45. muffedpunts says:
    June 4, 2018 at 11:18 pm
    it’s a sad commentary the players don’t consider the president of the usa dignified enough to visit, even after he was elected fair and square by putin himself.



  46. sb44champs says:
    June 5, 2018 at 9:35 am
    Trump is a moron.
    Its statements like this from citizens and the media alike that’ll put Trump in office for another 4 years.

    no, Trump IS a moron! It’s desperate people blinded by fear that put him in there, but I can’t believe enough of the country is so stupid as to put him back there. Please, don’t prove me wrong.

  47. suncawy says:
    June 5, 2018 at 12:14 am
    When Trump’s out of the White House, life will go back to normal.

    if your every day life is affected by what goes on in DC then you should look in the mirror to find your real problem

  48. The large, rich players of a game have been duped into working for the DNC and politicizing this. Our President, as the head of the RNC, is playing this for politics for all he is worth also.

    But you spit on my flag and anthem and country for ANY reason you’ll never get another penny from me.

    If the millionaires with stupid hair who ego-dance in the end zone had dropped their pants at midfield at halftime, or carried placards outside the stadium, I’d listen. Now — “la la la” with fingers in my ears and not on my television remote. Get the DNC to pay for your Ferrari’s and mansions.

  49. What do you think would have happened if the only handful of players that showed up were white? because that’s what was happening. The players decided based on skin color who was going and who was not going. I’m not a Trump fan and I am certainly not a fan of the media and its race hustling broadcasters/opinion peddlers. This would have ended up a disaster, hopefully this will be the last time anyone is invited to the WH.

  50. good….who wants to honor all those bums…deport them. get your tails up and honor the flag. Protest on your time and not your company’s time…

  51. Poor little liberal football players, won’t go to the white house because they did not get who the wanted to win the election. Good for Trump. Tired of these cry babies.

  52. So the players were so offended by being invited to the WH that they refused to go and now they’re offended that they event was cancelled because they weren’t coming?

    Am I the only one who sees the comedy in this? The players had a perfect chance to express their feelings and opinions regarding the issue with the anthem and chose not to take it – most likely because they don’t know exactly what their position is, well, other than being offended that is.

  53. twinfan24 says:
    June 4, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Why does Trump (or the White House folks) feel they can put words into the mouths of the Eagles players? Just because they didn’t want to come may have had to do with Trump and not anything to do with the flag. Not that Trump ever lets the truth get in the way of the things he says.


    Double standard.

    Did they not go when Obama bailed out Wall Street?
    Or passed BAIL IN to allow the confiscation and conversion of your bank deposits into worthless C grade stock in an insolvent bank while claiming it was REFORM?
    Or murdered a 15/16 year old Colorado born boy with a drone strike without ANY charges?
    Or when he militarized the police?
    Or when Clinton repealed Glass-Steagall?
    Or when Clinton signed NAFTA into law?
    Or when Obama’s lawyers fought on behalf of Saudi Arabia and AGAINST the families of 9/11?
    Or Bush’s/Clinton’s/Obama’s illegal wars?

    Don’t you get it? They and the fake news media praise the criminals, and demonize the guy who wasn’t even a politician when any of this happened.

    As a Democrat, I find this completely crazy. Trump isn’t the devil incarnate, that was the politicians of BOTH parties that preceded him. Everyone with an informed brain knows this.

    The Eagles players ARE stupid, because they don’t know reality. They are protesting against Trump by not wanting to go because he is so evil, but nothing about that actual evil that preceded him or the guy before him or the guy before him, so on and so forth. In fact, many of them praise the evil that preceded him. That’s why this whole thing is one sick joke.

    People need to get some perspective BEFORE they protest, too bad those in the media do a piss poor job at this, including PFT.

  54. This is SO silly. FYI – I voted for Trump, the single biggest reason for that being the fact that he is not Hillary Clinton. The 2016 election was what is known as a “hold your nose and cast your vote” election.

    A championship sports team’s visit to the WH is basically nothing more than a chance for the Prez to scratch his b+=*s and show everyone what a macho guy he is. Granted that would have been a stretch for Hillary, but Bill could have stepped in at that point.

    You all should know this – at the 1st White House Press Association dinner of the Obama Administration on May 9, 2009, the prez stepped up to the dais and said “I’m Barack Obama. Many of you covered me and ALL (emphasis mine) of you voted for me.” If you don’t believe me – there is film of the event and it is on the White House record of the Obama administration.

    OMT – The response to what Obama said was laughter and applause.

    The message – a whole lot of us have lost faith in the media.

  55. Don’t we already have a celebration of America?

    I believe we call it the 4th of July.

  56. The worst part isn’t attending the POTUS. It’s using forums like this to spew political bias that nobody cares about to begin with.

    When I want to read about politics you can be sure I won’t be coming here to read about it.

  57. If you don’t want to stand for the flag, don’t. Just give your chex to charity & move out of the country – problem solved.

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