Philadelphia Eagles invited to visit White House June 5

Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins will not go to the White House with his team-mates

Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins will not go to the White House with his team-mates

Shortly before the Super Bowl LII, defensive end Chris Long told Barstool Sports he did not plan on attending the White House visit if the Eagles were to win. The running back - recently traded to the Detroit Lions - will miss a WH visit for the second year in a row, after skipping last year when he won the Super Bowl with the Patriots.

"At this point, I'm not interested in any discussions on anything right now just with the climate that's been going on in The White House", Jenkins said.

Before Donald Trump became president, the White House visit was basically a nice photo opportunity that saw pretty good attendance. "We are honored to receive this invitation and view this not only as an opportunity to be recognized for our on-field accomplishments, but also as an opportunity to engage in productive dialogue with the leaders of our country".

"Over the last two years, I've been meeting with legislators, both Republican and Democrat, it don't matter. 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?'" "I think they should have that opportunity". Jenkins, the co-founder of the Players Coalition, has been active on the social reform front. The White House said Thursday that the team's visit would take place June 5.

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"Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say: 'get that son of a (gun) off the field right now", Trump said in a speech last September.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie seems to agree - in a private meeting with Eagles players, Lurie allegedly called Trump "disastrous".

Various championship teams have taken different approaches.

"We have been in conversations with the Eagles about timing and are working with them to make it happen", she said.

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