Fox News falsely implies praying Eagles were protesting, and the players aren't having it

Fox News falsely implies praying Eagles were protesting, and the players aren't having it

Updated: 11:07 a.m.

On Tuesday morning, Fox News ran a piece it then Tweeted out, about President Donald Trump’s disinviting the Eagles to the White House “due to the national anthem controversy.”

As the anchor delivers the story, images of Eagles players are shown on screen. The first three photos are of players (Zach Ertz, Corey Clement and Jordan Matthews) kneeling — but they’re praying before games, not kneeling during the national anthem. The fourth is of Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod raising their fists during the national anthem, while Chris Long puts his arm around Jenkins.

Ertz and Long responded on their personal Twitter accounts and accused the outlet of pushing the agenda of the president with false information.


In his statement on Monday, Trump insinuated that members of the Eagles did not ‘proudly stand for the anthem.’ During the 2017 season, every member of the Eagles stood during the anthem. In the preseason, veteran corner Ron Brooks did kneel, but he didn’t make the roster for the regular season.

Eventually, Fox News issued an apology, but only well after the piece aired on TV and made its rounds on Twitter. 

Fox News has deleted the orginal tweet. 

But here’s exactly when each photo shown in the story was taken.

The first photo shown isn’t even from last season, it shows Jordan Matthews, who was traded by the Eagles prior to the 2017 season.

The second photo, showing Zach Ertz and Corey Clement was taken before the Eagles played the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Oct. 8. Long is seen running in the background and was later photographed during the anthem with his arm around Jenkins. This photo could not have been taken during the national anthem.

The third photo is of Zach Ertz from Nov. 26, kneeling before the game against the Chicago Bears. This photo was taken before the game and not during the anthem.

The final photo shows Long, Jenkins and McLeod standing on the field during the anthem.

The Eagles will not be going to the White House on Tuesday. Instead, they will be holding a light OTA practice as the NovaCare Complex (see story).

Why Eagles need Brandon Graham to have a big year as a pass rusher

Why Eagles need Brandon Graham to have a big year as a pass rusher

Brandon Graham's future with the Eagles was uncertain heading into the offseason, but the 31-year-old defensive end is back with a new, three-year deal.

Graham started all 16 games for the Eagles last season and recorded four sacks and nine tackles for loss. 

He'll be a key part of the defense this season, especially with the team having lost defensive ends Michael Bennett and Chris Long.

"He needs to be a double-digit [sacks] guy in order for this defense to really work the way it's supposed to work," according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Barrett Brooks.

Brooks and Derrick Gunn discuss why Graham comes in eighth on their list of the 10 most important Eagles in the video above. 

Donovan McNabb reflects on Eagles career, motivation from 'opinionated fans,' more in interview

Donovan McNabb reflects on Eagles career, motivation from 'opinionated fans,' more in interview

While many Eagles fans have mixed emotions about Donovan McNabb and his tenure as a Philadelphia Eagle, that feeling is not mutual. 

In town Thursday to meet kids at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia, McNabb told me that it’s all happy when he reflects on his time with the Eagles.

“I don’t get involved in the banter outside, the negative or people’s opinions," he said. "It was fulfilling a dream of playing football. And I have four kids of my own who were a part of the run we had here in Philadelphia so it was fun — it was a lot of fun.”

As for this year’s Eagles team, McNabb believes this squad can get to the Super Bowl, and he feels that everything begins and ends with Carson Wentz and his health. But it comes as no surprise that the former quarterback picked the guys who protect Wentz as most important to the Eagles' success outside of the signal caller.

“I think that offensive line has to gel like they were a couple years ago and take pressure off of Carson," McNabb said.

And yes, Philly fans, Five will always love you … and laugh with you. 

“I truly love what the fans have done for me and the support that I’ve had through my career," he said. "Sometimes you have your opinionated fans and that motivates and drives me, to this day. I laughed about it now and I laughed about it then.”

Fans will have a chance to chuckle with McNabb this fall when he’s inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame on November 7.

You can watch more of my interview with McNabb above.

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