It took the entire Eagles team—down to the backup QB turned Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles—to win the America’s biggest game, but it was a half-hearted team effort that lost them an invite to the America’s biggest house.
This after President Donald Trump called off a visit by the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House today issuing this statement yesterday:
“The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. 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 military and the people of our country. The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better. These fans are still invited to the White House to be part of a different type of ceremony — one that will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem. I will be there at 3:00 p.m. with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus to celebrate America.”
Eagles owner Jeff Lurie apparently didn't want to put the players in a “tough spot” so he decided to send a smaller contingent and allow the other players to have an optional day at the facility.
Of course, it seems the only Eagles that were really in a tough spot are Laurie and his front office as last night NFL media reported that less than ten Eagles were going to attend the White House.
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