Three Philadelphia Eagles Players Will Boycott The White House
Three Philadelphia Eagles Players WilL Boycott Trip To White House
Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles will be headed to The White House as a congratulatory event. Three players, Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long, and Torrey Smith are refusing their invitation.
Jenkins spoke to New Day to explain why,
Philadelphia Eagles safety and Super Bowl champion Malcolm Jenkins says, "I personally do not anticipate attending (a victory event at the White House)" https://t.co/y3iENKNvfu pic.twitter.com/kLZa2Wq2Vr— New Day (@NewDay) February 5, 2018
A Message To Trump
When asked if he intended to go to The White House for a celebration Jenkins responded;
"No, I personally do not anticipate attending that".
Jenkins proceeded to answer that he had nothing to say to Trump;
"I don't have a message for the President, my message has been clear all year, I'm about creating positive change in the communities that I come from whether it be Philadelphia, New Jersey, Ohio, Louisiana, or this entire country. I want to see change in our criminal justice system, I want to see us push for economical and educational advancement in communities of color and low-income communities. And I want to see our relationships between our communities and our law enforcement be advanced. That's why myself and my peers have been pushing for for the last two years".
Take A Knee
Such boycotts have become prevalent under the Trump administration. Last year several Patriots players refused to go to the White House. Many football players, including quarterback Colin Kaepernick started taking a knee during the national anthem, in protest over the oppression of black people in the United States. Trump has been vocal about his disagreement with said protest, claiming it's disrespecting the national anthem and the American flag.