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Eagles invited to White House in June

Eagles invited to White House in June

Updated: 5:44 p.m.

We now know when at least some of the Eagles might be visiting the White House. 

The Super Bowl champion Eagles have been invited to visit the White House on June 5, the team confirmed. 

“We are in the process of working through the logistics of a trip to Washington D.C., including a visit to the White House, on June 5th," a team spokeman said in a statement to NBC Sports Philadelphia. 

WPVI first reported the date of the invite on Thursday morning. 

Last year, the Patriots visited the White House on April 19, 2017, so this trip will come considerably later. The real question becomes: How many Eagles will attend? 

Several key players like Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long, Torrey Smith and Brandon Graham have already said they won’t. On Thursday afternoon, Jenkins said his stance hadn't changed. 

"We, as a team, are still kind of discussing what that looks like," Jenkins said to NBC Sports Philadelpia on Philly Sports Talk. "But visiting the White House is not something that I’m interested in doing at this time."

But based on the Eagles' statement, it seems like they might be planning more than just the customary photo op at the White House. Jenkins told NBC10 that he will be in Washington with his teammates but won't go to the White House. So it seems the Eagles might be planning something else as well. 

There are plenty of folks who think players should just go to the White House for the experience. Jenkins obviously doesn't think so. 

"At this point in time, there’s so much that’s been kind of swirling around that administration, I don’t see it as beneficial at this moment in time to visiting in a celebratory fashion," Jenkins said. "But I know for a fact that there are other guys who have dreamt of the opportunity to go to the White House and I think they should have that opportunity. I think as a team, we’re still discussing what exactly that looks like and we’ll see."  

Before Donald Trump became president, the White House visit was basically a nice photo opportunity that saw pretty good attendance. But for many Eagles, Trump represents a clashing of politics and ideology.  

Another slight hurdle is the June 5 date. The Eagles are in their last round of voluntary OTAs during that time. The final round of OTAs runs from June 4-7, leading into the mandatory minicamp in mid-June. It’s possible the Eagles could have practice in the morning and get to Washington in the afternoon, or vice versa. 

Back on April 23, the Eagles released the following statement, saying they were working on the logistics of a visit: 

“We have been in contact with White House representatives and are currently discussing the logistics of an upcoming visit to Washington. We are honored to receive this invitation and view this not only as an opportunity to be recognized for our on-field achievements, but also as an opportunity to engage in productive dialogue with the leaders of our country."

Now we know when (at least some of those Eagles) might go. 

Sports Uncovered Podcast: How to listen to episode on Barret Robbins' Super Bowl disappearance

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Sports Uncovered Podcast: How to listen to episode on Barret Robbins' Super Bowl disappearance

Had the Eagles won the 2002 NFC Championship Game, they would've faced the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, and possibly rewritten franchise history.

It also may have changed the life of former Oakland Raiders center Barret Robbins, the Pro Bowl center who spent the day before the Super Bowl bar-hopping and drinking before ultimately missing the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It stands as one of the strangest Super Bowl stories of all-time.

In the fifth episode of NBC Sports' "Sports Uncovered" podcast series, "The Mysterious Disappearance that Changed a Super Bowl", NBC Sports Bay Area takes a deep dive into Robbins' story, from his early diagnosis with depression in college to the self-destructive day of drinking that took him all the way into Mexico.

The episode features interviews with Robbins' former teammates like Barry Sims, former Raiders executives like Bruce Allen, and more.

The episode releases Thursday, July 9. You can listen to this episode and the entire "Sports Uncovered" series by subscribing for free wherever you listen to podcasts.

To catch every episode, be sure to subscribe to "Sports Uncovered" and have every episode automatically downloaded to your phone. Sports Uncovered is available on the MyTeams app and on every major podcasting platform: Apple, Google Podcast, iHeart, Stitcher, Spotify, and TuneIn

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DeSean Jackson's recent Instagram activity raises questions about his apology

DeSean Jackson's recent Instagram activity raises questions about his apology

DeSean Jackson issued multiple apologies this week after posting anti-Semitic messages attributed to Adolf Hitler and Louis Farrakhan to his Instagram stories.

But Jackson's recent Instagram activity since his apologies raises a question about the sincerity of the apologies.

Jackson recently liked an Instagram post, uploaded Wednesday around 1 p.m., that suggests Jackson doesn't need to apologize for posting anti-Semitic messages to his Instagram.

Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation first noticed the like.

Here's a look at the Instagram post:

On Thursday morning, Jackson posted two clips to his Instagram story of the T.I. song "My Life" featuring Daz Dillinger. His posts included a line from the song's chorus, "Can't ya see I'm on fire, so quit hating on me pimpin', I'm just living my life".

This all comes after the Eagles released a statement Tuesday morning calling Jackson's posts "appalling" and urging him to apologize. Jackson issued multiple apologies, admitting he "unintentionally hurt the Jewish community" and promising to "fully educate" himself.

It seemed, after his apologies, that Jackson realized he'd made a serious and unacceptable mistake. The way he's followed up his apologies is cause for a little concern.

Because, as NBC Sports Philadelphia's Reuben Frank noted Thursday, Jackson's posts hurt and affected millions of people, and they aren't going away any time soon:

No matter what your opinion of DeSean Jackson’s social media posts, no matter how you feel the Eagles should discipline him — if at all — one thing is indisputable.

This will follow D-Jack around long beyond the end of his football career.

It would probably benefit Jackson to lean more into contrition than into resistance in the coming days and weeks.

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