Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Some Philadelphia Eagles players boycotting White House visit over Trump

Philadelphia Eagles stand atop a news van while waiting for the team to deplane Monday Feb. 5 2018 at Philadelphia International Airport a day after defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52 Some Philadelphia Eagles players boycotting White House visit over Trump
Stacy Diaz | 08 February, 2018, 10:26

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, who also raised his fist during the National Anthem this past season, told CNN on Monday that he intends to skip the White House visit.

Jenkins, Long and Smith have been three of the NFL's most active players in working for social change.

The parade starts near the team's stadium and ends its 5-mile trek at the art museum steps that Sylvester Stallone climbed in the "Rocky" movies - a fitting finish for a team seen as the underdog, just like the fictional fighter.

"No, I personally do not anticipate attending that", Jenkins said.

Among those arrested were a 28-year-old man accused of assaulting an Associated Press photographer who was taking pictures of street celebrations and vandalism near City Hall, and a 20-year-old who police say was one of seven men seen flipping a auto onto its side. If you want to meet to talk about events in my community, changing the country, I'm all for that. "And I want to see our relationships between our communities and our law enforcement be advanced".

"Over the last two years, I've been meeting with legislators, both Republican and Democrat, it don't matter".

Several members of have said they will not visit the White House if invited by President.

"Going to the White House should be seen as an honor, and I believe it is an honor, but to me it has to be an honor with the right type of respect in office". "They call it the anthem protest", he said, according to "It's a protest during the anthem". But demonstrations spread throughout the National Football League this year after Trump called protesting players "sons of bitches" during a September rally in Alabama.

Hours before Sunday's Super Bowl, Trump released a statement thanking members of the military for their service.

Operators of the Minneapolis stadium that hosted the Super Bowl have some seats to replace, including one taken by a Philadelphia Eagles fan who was spotted with a stolen seat at the airport.