President Donald Trump rescinded the standard White House invitation provided to the Super Bowl-champion Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, citing the team’s stance in support of protesting during the national anthem.
Several Eagles players, most notably defensive end Chris Long, wide receiver Torrey Smith, and Safety Malcolm Jenkins, have made it clear they wouldn't visit the White House.
However, it turns out the Eagles were planning on making a statement against the president of the United States. NFL Network reported that the Eagles were going to send “less than ten” members of the Eagles team.
It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie reportedly slammed Trump in a closed-door meeting, calling his presidency "disastrous."
That may be why President Trump decided to rescind his invitation entirely. Instead, he is inviting patriotic NFL fans to take part in a ceremony honoring America and the U.S. military.
"The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor the great men and women of our military and the people of our country," Trump said in a statement. "The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better."
Trump said the fans "are still invited to the White House to be part of a different type of ceremony - one that will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem."
"I will be there at 3:00 p.m. with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus to celebrate America," the president added.
That's a celebration that almost all Americans can support.