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Several members of the championship Eagles squad, including safety Malcolm Jenkins, defensive end Chris Long and wide receiver Torrey Smith - now with the Carolina Panthers - have been vocal about their plans not to attend any White House visit due to their opposition of Trump and his policies.

Coach Doug Pederson said before practice that he was looking forward to going to the White House to be recognized as Super Bowl champions but he wouldn't further discuss details of the trip's breakdown.

His statement said it would be "one that will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem".

Earlier Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders blamed the Eagles for the last-minute change and referred to it as "a political stunt" by the organization.

No Eagles are believed to have kneeled during the pre-game national anthem last season.

Trump's statement cited only the anthem issue - whether they would take a knee in protest during the song, for which the president has berated players.

Fact No. 1: There was not a single Eagles player who failed to stand respectfully for the anthem last season, and there is not a single shred of evidence that any Eagles player disagrees with Trump's desire that they respect the military, our flag and our country. "I think in large part that's because a lot of you guys spend more of your time focused on attacking the President than reporting the news".

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The NFL decided last week that players must stand on the field during the national anthem - but gave them the option to remain in the locker room during the ceremony.

On Monday, the first lady strolled into a White House event Monday for military families and swept away the wild speculation that she was incapacitated or had otherwise vanished. It's a cowardly act to cancel the celebration because the majority of the people don't want to see you.

Last month, the NFL announced that it would be instating a new rule requiring players to either stand during the National Anthem or stay in the locker room.

One person set to attend the ceremony told The Associated Press less than half of the team's 53-man roster planned to go to the White House. "Watching the entire Eagles community come together has been an inspiration", it read. He declined to provide information on how things escalated to the White House accusing players of abandoning their fans by deciding to not attend.

The playing of the national anthem was followed by brief remarks from Trump, who spoke for about three minutes about the importance of standing for the national anthem. Or "you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there. But I'm really proud of people in this country who are recognizing what's happening and instead of turning this into a political game, they're just trying to do good deeds because that's what it takes". Pennsylvania officials including Philadelphia's Democratic mayor and members of the state's congressional delegation invited the team to alternative events. Still, he said, "I think the Eagles did what they thought was necessary".

Kerr was asked about the Minnesota Lynx, the WNBA champions who were uninvited to the White House and spent their day in Washington helping underprivileged children in a southeast D.C. school.

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