On Wednesday, the Eagles safety didn't speak to reporters.
The players went home for the weekend unsure, and the coaching staff told them to keep their cellphones close by for an incoming text message about the team's final decision about the White House.
Defensive end Chris Long, who skipped the trip a year ago when he was with the New England Patriots and again decided early to not attend, said he hopes athletes on championship teams in all sports won't have to make the decision when Trump's term is up for re-election in 2020. "What patriotism is is helping your fellow citizen and whether it's what (Kevin Durant) is doing or what we did when we visited Washington or what the Lynx are doing today, that's what patriotism is about". "I'm extremely proud to be part of this team".
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. "Thank you, Melania. She's doing great", Trump said.
"You aren't listening", read another sign, which Jenkins held up a couple of times in response to reporters' queries. For further proof of this, look no further than the ridiculous situation that spiraled out of what was supposed to be a ceremony at the White House recognizing the Philadelphia Eagles for winning the 2018 Super Bowl. "The team is great".
"We're like 100 percent unified going into this week, so it's mathematically impossible to be any more unified", Long added. It's over. It's behind us.
The lowest part of the whole debacle was when President Donald Trump, during a speech in Huntsville past year, called National Football League players who knelt during the anthem a "son of a bitch" and said they should be fired.
Curry raised Trump's ire past year when he said he wouldn't go to the White House, prompting the President to disinvite him and the champion Golden State Warriors. One idea that was considered during those talks was having a group of players meet with the president to discuss issues of importance to them.
On the eve of Game 3 of the Warriors-Cavaliers series, politics dominated the conversation. I think that's important. "I think his knee gave out from the tonnage it's holding".
Farred said that while Trump is likely to return to the issue, he risks overplaying his hand: "How many swing voters can he afford to alienate?" "We weren't going to let someone try and formulate an agenda". Unfortunately, there were a bunch of people online who did not care.
Long took a shot at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for staying silent on the matter.
"Nobody was talking about it", Pederson said. There's men who serve their communities. There are a lot of people that believe that he's not for the people or doing things that's right by the people.
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