Eagles release statement after invite to White House rescinded

Eagles release statement after invite to White House rescinded

A few hours after President Donald Trump disinvited the Eagles to the White House, the team released a statement that didn’t even mention him. 

Instead, the Eagles’ statement was about moving on: 

“It has been incredibly thrilling to celebrate our first Super Bowl Championship. Watching the entire Eagles community come together has been an inspiration. We are truly grateful for all of the support we have received and we are looking forward to continuing our preparations for the 2018 season.”

This statement is pretty much in line from the public position the Eagles have had about the White House visit for months … they’d rather not talk about it. 

A small group of players was still planning on heading to Washington D.C. Tuesday for the customary celebratory trip for Super Bowl champions, but the president canceled with less than 24 hours notice (see story)

Trump said, in a statement, that the Eagles disagree with him “because he insists they proudly stand” for the national anthem and also said it was unfair to fans attending that just a small group of players was attending. Instead, the president is holding a “Celebration of America” on the South Lawn without the Super Bowl champs. 

While the Eagles’ statement noticeably and deliberately lacks teeth, there were plenty of politicians who were more opinionated about Trump’s decision, starting with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (see story).

More on White House trip, anthem

• Citing anthem protests, Trump disinvites Eagles

• Politicians react, one calling Trump 'fragile egomaniac'

• Players react to Eagles' White House trip being axed

• Eagles saw honor of White House visit

• Trump's anthem comments put Eagles in tough spot

• Lurie's statement on anthem policy fell short

• Jenkins, Long don't hold back on anthem policy

• Wentz was open to going to White House

• Jenkins didn't see visit as 'beneficial'

• How anthem policy affects Eagles

Eagle Eye podcast: Disciplining DeSean, Mahomes' money, and more


Eagle Eye podcast: Disciplining DeSean, Mahomes' money, and more

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Barrett Brooks discuss DeSean Jackson’s Instagram posts and how the Eagles should move forward with discipline.

They also get into the Washington NFL franchise’s expected name change, Pat Mahomes contract and what it means for the Eagles and for Andy Reid, and the effect no preseason games will have on the brand of football we see in the regular season.

(0:52) — Reaction to DeSean Jackson’s social media posts

(16:33) — Patrick Mahomes' new contract extension.

(25:03) — NFLPA pushing for no preseason games.

(33:13) — Eagles Ultimate Team: Who’s the best running back in Eagles history.

(39:13) — Washington reviewing team name.

Chiefs' Andy Reid addresses his future in Kansas City, settles any retirement rumblings

Chiefs' Andy Reid addresses his future in Kansas City, settles any retirement rumblings

Patrick Mahomes is set to be a member of the Kansas City Chiefs until 2031 after signing the most lucrative deal in professional sports history on Monday.

Will Andy Reid also still be a Chief in 2031? The answer might surprise you.

Big Red addressed reporters Tuesday to discuss Mahomes' new deal, which can reach $503 million with different incentives and guarantee mechanisms. Because of the deal's long-reaching nature, the former Eagles head coach Reid was asked whether he also plans on partnering with the Chiefs for the long-term.

The answer? Classic Reid:

It's hard to blame the guy. 

After a successful but ultimately championship-less tenure with the Eagles, Reid's next act was always going to be an interesting study. In Kansas City, Reid has shown himself to be one of the sport's all-time great coaches, he finally won a ring, and he landed a quarterback who can help him win more.

With all that, of course Reid is excited and thinking about another decade in the NFL. Who wouldn't?

This news isn't surprising to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Reuben Frank, who mused on Monday about Reid's longevity:

The way he’s going now, I wouldn’t be surprised if Reid coaches until he’s 70. Marv Levy coached until he was 72 and Dick Vermeil until he was 69. Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick are 68, Bruce Arians is 67.

Reid isn’t slowing down. If anything, the Reid-Mahomes partnernship has given him new life.

And if consistency and success are big parts of the Andy Reid brand, so too is his self-referential humor, which Reid brought up once again on Tuesday:

You've got to love the guy.

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