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Philadelphia Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins: I 'Do Not Anticipate Attending' White House Celebration

Melinda Barton | 07 February, 2018, 01:23

After a number of New England Patriots skipped the annual Super Bowl Championship visit to the White House previous year, President Trump revoked an invitation to the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors after a number of their players discussed their intentions to turn down the invitation.

"I personally do not anticipate attending that", Jenkins said during an interview Monday on CNN. "I want to see changes in our criminal justice system", said Jenkins. "I want to see us push for economical and educational advancement in communities of color and low-income communities, and I want to see our relationships between our communities and our law enforcement be advanced".

Eagles defensive end Chris Long and wide receiver Torrey Smith had said they would not travel to Washington D.C.

Chris Long: Chris Long skipped the White House visit last year when he played for last year's champs, the New England Patriots. "I just don't feel welcome into that house", Blount said at the time, "I'm just gonna leave it at that".

He was on last year's winning team, the Patriots, and did not attend Trump's White House meet and greet that year either.

Meanwhile, Long - who also skipped the post Super Bowl White House trip past 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. After the game, he took to social media to congratulate the Eagles on their historic victory. "Are you kidding me?"

Berman asked Jenkins what message he'd like to send to President Donald Trump.

Trump has continued to lambast NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, going so far as to suggest that the NFL should fire any players who do so. "I just understand that what I wanted to accomplish was more important than that". "We're very informed about what goes on, and we're trying to continue to educate ourselves".

In previous speeches and gathering, Trump continuously brought up the National Football League protests and painted them as acts of disrespect towards the flag and anthem. "We're not protesting the anthem".