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).