White House visits become political litmus test for athletes

The South Lawn at the White House was packed for the Celebration of America

The South Lawn at the White House was packed for the Celebration of America

In the aftermath of President Donald Trump rescinding a White House invitation to the Super Bowl champions, journalists surrounded the player on Wednesday after a team workout. "It's behind us. We're moving on".

"I'm blown away by the irony of the Eagles being disinvited", Kerr said before Wednesday's Game 3 of the National Basketball Association finals. But the idea that Eagles players were part of that specific demonstration isn't accurate.

"What you've seen and what you've heard is enough, and I'm not discussing it". "... Our true fans, they're beside us, we're beside them".

Before Trump took office, one of the biggest fusses to emerge from a White House victory celebration was the great flip-flop incident of 2005, when the Northwestern University women's lacrosse championship team wore the sandals to meet President George W. Bush.

"I'm exhausted of the narrative being about the anthem, about the White House or whatever", Jenkins told McManus following a meeting with public defenders from around the country on bail reform.

But around the league there were players who knelt in silent protest of the treatment of African-Americans by police, and Trump blasted them as unpatriotic.

During the season, the president referred to the protesting players as "sons of bitches" and suggested at a rally in Alabama before a mostly white audience that they be fired.

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The day after the Eagles were to visit President Donald Trump, Jenkins held up a series of hand-written signs in front of his locker at the NovaCare Complex, the Philadelphia practice facility where the team is holding its off-season workouts. On Tuesday, Trump had disinvited the Eagles after the size of their contingent shrank to around a dozen players, replacing it with a "Celebration of America" that featured military bands.

According to the Washington Post, Kerr said he found the image ironic, calling Eagles players who do community service more patriotic than the commander in chief.

Jenkins points out that despite the attacks on some National Football League players' patriotism, a good number of them are actually taking concrete steps like donating significant sums of money to support causes with the hope of making legitimate change for the betterment the country.

"We just never got a text", Qualls said.

Colin Kaepernick, an unsigned NFL free agent who started the movement of players kneeling during the national anthem, donated $1 million to charity.

"I don't think [he's] actually kneeling", joked Arroyo of one robust anthem protestor. And so as players, I think it was left up to each individual what they wanted to do; they were gonna have some options.

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