Beyond Mr. Lurie's comments about Mr. Trump, the Eagles also have several players who have expressed concerns about a potential visit, including the team's star safety, Malcolm Jenkins, and its prominent and outspoken defensive end, Chris Long. He did not visit President Donald Trump's White House a year ago, either, after he won Super Bowl LI with the New England Patriots.
Jenkins, however, made it clear he has no issue with any of his teammates that do decide to go. So it seems the Eagles might be planning something else as well. "My son grows up, and I believe the legacy of our president is going to be what it is, I don't want him to say, 'Hey dad, why'd you go [to the White House] when you knew the right thing was to not go?'"
"There is so much that has been swirling around that administration, I don't see it as beneficial at this moment in time to visit in a celebratory fashion", Jenkins said.
While some anticipated either the team or the president to react to the news by canceling the plans for a trip, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said at the time that nothing had changed. "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 just don't see it", Smith said in February. But for many Eagles, Trump represents a clashing of politics and ideology. The final round of OTAs are from June 4-7.
An Eagles spokesperson told ESPN the team considers the invitation an honor, "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".
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