These Eagles players just snubbed Trump with this publicity stunt
The NFL faced backlash from fans all season long for becoming more political in the wake of the players protesting our national anthem.
Traditionally, the team that wins the Super Bowl is invited to the White House for a celebration.
But these Eagles players are refusing to go and now they’ve hit the media circuit to bash Trump.
After his team’s win, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins took to CNN to rip Trump and announce he would not attend the White House celebration.
Jenkins held a fist in the air as a symbol of “black power” during the national anthem before each game.
He gave away one of the two tickets players were allotted for the Super Bowl to a convicted murderer, Kempis Songster.
Sports Illustrated reports:
Defensive end Chris Long said he planned to skip the trip last week on Pardon My Take. Long also skipped the visit last year when he was a member of the Patriots. On the Wednesday before the Super Bowl wide receiver Torrey Smith told reporters that he would skip the trip if the Eagles came up victorious in the game. On Monday, safety Malcolm Jenkins joined those two when he announced he would boycott the trip during an interview on CNN’s New Day.
This is not much of a surprise considering the actions and comments these men have made in the past when it comes to social justice and Trump. Jenkins and Smith were part of a group of four that sent a memo to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in 2017 asking for the league to take a more active approach in supporting players’ social activism. Long donated his entire salary this season to various educational causes including funding a scholarship in his hometown Charlottesville, Va., and has been critical of Trump at various times throughout his presidency. Jenkins also spent most of the season raising a fist during the national anthem as a sign of protest against police brutality and racial injustice, and Long placed a hand on Jenkins’ shoulder as a sign of support.
This has been a year to forget for the NFL.
Fans turned off the games in droves.
TV ratings for the Super Bowl were at their lowest levels since 2010.
And it looks like players are going to continue to disrespect our country going forward.