Several Eagles Players to Skip White House Visit

"I want to see changes in our criminal justice system. I want to see us push for economic and educational advancement in communities of color and low-income communities,” said Malcom Jenkins.

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Several team members of the Philadelphia Eagles, winners of Sunday night’s Super Bowl LII, said they would not attend the traditional White House visit for NFL champions.

Safety Malcolm Jenkins, wide receiver Torrey Smith and defensive end Chris Long will pass on the invitation to meet President Donald Trump.

“Nah, I personally do not anticipate attending that,” Jenkins told CNN’s “New Day” on Monday.

“My message has been clear all year. I’m about creating positive change in the communities that I come from, whether it be Philadelphia, New Jersey, Ohio, Louisiana, or this entire country.

“I want to see changes in our criminal justice system. I want to see us push for economic and educational advancement in communities of color and low-income communities.”

Both Jenkins and Smith raised their fists during the national anthem this past season to show solidarity with the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

“We read the news just like everyone else,” Smith said Wednesday, according to “You see Donald Trump tweet something … We have those conversations in the locker room, just like everyone else does in the workplace.

“We’re very informed about what goes on, and we’re trying to continue to educate ourselves.

“I’m not saying we’re right about everything, but we’re willing to figure out what is right. We’re willing to work with people to find the best way to move forward, because there are problems and we’re not shy about speaking up about them.”

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More than 200 players joined in solidarity Sunday to protest Trump’s assault on their right to protest racial injustices. 

In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, Trump took a dig at NFL players who’ve kneeled during the national anthem to protest police brutality.

Throughout 2017, the president continually pressed NFL owners to fire the predominantly Black players who silently protested.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now,’” Trump said during a rally in Alabama in September. “Out! He’s fired.”

In response to Trump’s comments, Jenkins tweeted, “Proud of NFL and players advocating free speech, liberty and justice for all.”

Smith said that it wasn’t a national anthem protest.

“They call it the anthem protest,” he said, according to “We’re not protesting the anthem. It’s a protest during the anthem. I understand why people are mad, or may be offended when someone takes a knee.”

Last year, Long was a member of the New England Patriots’ winning Super Bowl team. This year, as a member of the Eagles, he will again skip the White House visit.

“No, I’m not going to the White House,” Long said on the “Pardon My Take” podcast in January. “Are you kidding me?”

Ahead of the game on Sunday, Trump released a statement citing why Americans “proudly stand for the national anthem.”

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  • Orange baby will lash out on Twitter against those blacks that don’t go to the “Big House”. Lets see how many white players support their teammates don’t go.

  • Thanks to Malcolm Jenkins, Torrey Smith and Chris Long for passing on the visit to the White House (hopefully, more team members will join you). Thanks for standing your ground – if you don’t then who will!! So proud of you guys!!
    Congratulations on winning Super Bowl LII!!!

    • It’s sad! Dr king would be disappointed because you should not miss an opportunity to speak to the president. Democrats have demonized president Trump , and yet he has lowered the unemployment rate for African Americans and tried to make other changes which will benefit our community. Can you name one thing that president Obama did for African Americans to make their lives better?

      • President Obama also lowered Black unemployment, and the gap between Black and white unemployment was lower.
        President Obama also provided a much better family example for all Americans by not having 5 children with three women, not cheating on his first wife with his second wife, not having to take the 5th amendment 97 times in his second divorce and not having to pay off a porn star. President Obama released his taxes. President Obama also showed all Americans what self control looks like by not beating the crap out of trump for his years of racist birther BS.

      • Lloyd, it’s sadder that you don’t understand economics, history, and current events.. and scarier that you’re not alone in that regard.
        -You can do the tiniest bit of ‘googling’ to pinpoint when the unemployment rate began to drop and under whose administration that happened. See the data in this link: You can search back for 10 years (8 years of Obama in office + 2 years of Trump in office), or even as far back to 1948 if you’re interested.
        – As far as Dr. King’s ‘feelings’, why only speak to his supposed disappointment at someone deciding to miss an opportunity to speak to the president. Can you imagine his disappointment of the racial inequalities that still exist, the continued existence and emboldening of white supremacist/hate groups? Can you imagine his disappointment in our country’s failure to put someone who has HISTORICALLY and REPEATEDLY proven himself to be so questionable into the presidency that the majority of our citizens did not vote for? (3 million more is a large number of voters to ignore!)
        If these players decided to not miss the opportunity and spoke to the president (as you suggested), you and your ilk would be complaining at how disrespectful they are and that they should ONLY do their jobs, but NEVER speak up or demonstrate about the many injustices that plague their communities, and very possibly their friends, families, and themselves. I recommend you re-read the Bill of Rights, for starters, and keep in mind that it applies to EVERYONE.
        -Get beyond spewing the high level soundbites, and really consider the changes Trump tried to make and how they will actually benefit (or hurt) our community– then support or reject it. Taking away education; housing; food; basic medical care; regulations to ensure quality air, food, water, drugs, equality; from the majority of people won’t help. Breaking apart families and purposely dividing people won’t help.
        -I believe I mentioned one thing that Obama ‘did’ for African Americas and Americans in general regarding the decreasing unemployment rates. The current state of fear, hate, divisiveness, and reactions to all of that comes from somewhere else– like someone who perpetually lied to EVERYONE about Obama not really being a US citizen for years, and then simply shared a few sentences admitting that wasn’t true AFTER he got electorally elected: . Let’s not forget housing discrimination, hiring and swindling foreign workers, fake universities… . It’s all a bit too much to entrust our lives and futures to.
        Fool me once shame on you, fool me #### times shame on us!!

  • Trump will probably do what he did to the Golden State Warriors: cancel the invitation to the entire team, after some of the players spoke out against him. Were I an Eagle, I would not go.

  • Lloyd, you need to open your eyes and see what is really happening to our nation under this tyrannical hatemonger. You do not need perfect vision to see the destruction of our institutions of government, destruction of our standing among other nations in the world, and destruction of our most prized asset, our democracy. Trump is an autocrat, and he wants our nation to abolish its past devoted to civil liberties. He wants to become a puppet to Russia and its autocrats. Wake up, Lloyd!

    • Sam- From an African Americans view, DEMOCRACY is to DEMOCRAZY what Justice is to JUST US: Being KKKilled by KKKops, still being unemployed in the double digits regardless of the lies about O’Bama/tRump lowering it, and being pawns in the privitized prison industrial complex.

      AmeriKKKa (and other European counties) NEVER spread DEMOCRACY within its own borders, much less anywhere else– there was ALWAYS something to EXPLOIT or gain by FORCE: Free labor from African slaves, gold, diamonds, cocaine from Columbia/Panama/Nicaragua opium fields in China or Afghanistan, oil from the Arabian peninsula, uranium from Somalia (for cell phones) or other natural or mineral resources.

      AmeriKKKans really need to STOP reading elementary school HIS-story books about slaveholding George Washington never telling a lie. tRump’s HIS-story book will disseminate similar lies. He’ll call himself the author of DEMOCRACY, the most eloquent speaker, and devoted husband. AmeriKKKa NEVER fought for anyone’s democracy– it’s a deMOCKrazy and a hypoCRAZY. By the way, the Black NFL players know that there’s NO LIBERTY and JUSTICE FOR ALL either. That’s a farce only the S.O.B. in the White House (and disillusioned AmeriKKKans) force themselves to believe through whitewashed denial.

  • Why would any of these NFL players want the go to his house that sh..hole . He done turn it from the whitehouse to the outhouse with all that bs. Lies , lies and more lies . You’re not gone get me to suck up to someone that called me an s.o.b ! He’s not deserving of these professional laborers visiting or supporting him . It’s like saying I hate your mom and dad but I love you because you have talent ( something to cash in on ) !

  • I’m so PROUD of Black NFL (and NBA) players’ protests in support of my hometown hero, Kaepernick and the BLM Movement. They couldn’t pay me to be a guest at tRump’s (or O’Bama’s, Clintonistas, BushWhackers’ or any pathetic, pathological president’s) gathering. tRump would find a way to insult them as he did with the indigenous people of this land– positioned in front of a genocidal Indian slayer, Andrew Jackson.

    Kudos to these brave, bold players. It reminds me of working for a law firm that represented an NBA team with mostly Black players, but the partners belonged to the Wauwatosa Country Club that didn’t allow Blacks or Jews as members!! If I had known that I was selected as the “token” Black, I wouldn’t have taken the job–I quit in less than 3 months, shortly after I discovered that these Nazis expected me to attend their Xmas party as a “token” guest of this racist club.

    It’s past time to have a Black owner of an NFL team. Instead of running for president, Oprah should buy an NFL team. It would be a form of reparations for building her career by beating the backs of Black men.

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