Just hours after the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in this weekend’s Super Bowl matchup, questions began to swirl surrounding President Trump’s potential invitation to the White House and which Eagles would boycott the traditional event.
According to Fox News, at least three Super Bowl champions -Malcom Jenkins, Chris Long, and Torrey Smith- have already announced their decision to stay home should the President invite the World Champions for a special visit to the nation’s capital.
“My message has been clear all year … I want to see changes in our criminal justice system,” said Jenkins. “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 relationship between our communities and our law enforcement be advanced.”
“We’re very informed about what goes on, and we’re trying to continue to educate ourselves,” said Smith. “It’s pretty special to have a group like that of folks that aren’t just socially conscious, but folks who genuinely care about people and care about learning more.”
Last year, several New England Patriots refused to visit the White House in protest of the President’s inauguration. It remains unclear whether the Commander-in-Chief plans to extend the invitation following months of player protests and his public feud with the troubled league.