Troy Brown gives us his thoughts on President Trump uninviting the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House. The former Patriots wide receiver discusses why he thinks that teams shouldn't be visiting the White House at all, as the President has so many other important things that should occupy his time.
President Trump's abrupt cancellation of the Philadelphia Eagles' visit to the White House -- which carries a "You can't quit, you're fired!" tinge amid reports that fewer than 10 Eagles players planned to attend anyway -- apparently isn't the first time he's been angered prior to a scheduled visit of a Super Bowl champion.
The New England Patriots -- and specifically Tom Brady -- had Trump fuming last year, too.
From the Washington Post:
Trump grew angry in April 2017 when Tom Brady said he planned to skip the White House visit with the Patriots, huddling angrily with aides and even calling Patriots owner Robert Kraft. One former senior administration official described a chaotic scene unfolding over the heartlands of America, as Trump flew back from an event in Wisconsin. Trump made a number of calls and asked aides to help fix the situation, worried that Brady’s absence would reflect poorly on him.
Brady later said he skipped the event to be with his ailing mother, while another half-dozen Patriots skipped to protest Trump.
Eventually, Trump was calmed down, and the Patriots came to the White House.
President Trump has revoked the Eagles' invitation to the White House due to a dispute over the National Anthem.
The Eagles were supposed to celebrate their Super Bowl victory at the White House on Tuesday, but Trump disinvited the team because of their anthem protests. Instead, the White House will hold a ceremony "with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus to celebrate America."
Read Trump's statement below:
Eagles players, namely Chris Long and Malcolm Jenkins, have been vocal about the NFL's new anthem policy which requires players to stand while the anthem is played if they come out onto the field. When the new anthem policy was announced.
Miek Garafalo said on NFL Network that while he didn't have an exact number on the number of players who planned to attend, it was "less than 10."
Here is the Eagles' official statement on the matter: