Nowadays, there is always controversy on whether or not a team wants to visit the White House after being crowned champions in their respective sports. We saw it with the Warriors, when Steph Curry and other Dubs refused to attend the White House after being crowned NBA champions. Oh yeah, leading to LeBron calling a special someone a bum…
Before the Super Bowl had even taken place, several Eagles players already had decided they were NOT going to visit the White House if invited by President Donald Trump.
According to NJ.com, wide receiver Torrey Smith, defensive end Chris Long and Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins have all said they would not attend.
When Jenkins was asked on CNN’s “New Day” whether he plans to attend, his answer was crystal clear.
“My message has been clear all year,” Jenkins said. “I’m about, you know, 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,” he continued. “I want to see us push for … [economic] 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.”
Philadelphia Eagles safety and Super Bowl champion Malcolm Jenkins says, “I personally do not anticipate attending (a victory event at the White House)” https://t.co/y3iENKNvfu pic.twitter.com/kLZa2Wq2Vr
— New Day (@NewDay) February 5, 2018
Unless you have been living under a rock, you could understand why some players feel this way. Besides their singular belief that Trump has shown immense signs of racial inequality through his words, they can not stand up for what they deem wrong.
Chris Long said it perfectly when speaking to Parson My Take on Friday.
“No, I’m not going to the White House,” he told the “Pardon My Take” podcast. “Are you kidding me?”
“[When] my son grows up, and I believe the legacy of our president is going to be what it is, I don’t want him to say, ‘Hey Dad, why’d you go [to the White House] when you knew the right thing was to not go?’” Long said, according to the Washington Post.
Not feeling welcome
That is one topic that LeGarrette Blount stressed on. Really the only thing he could say. To feel unwelcome on the same land you give it your ALL on every week; must be difficult.
We will soon be a witness of the backlash (tweet from POTUS will be inserted soon).