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Due to Disagreements on Anthem-Kneeling, Philadelphia Eagles Won’t be Visiting the White House

Due to Disagreements on Anthem-Kneeling, Philadelphia Eagles Won’t be Visiting the White House

“They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.”

https://twitter.com/MikeGarafolo/status/1003779425287237632

Monday, the White House released a statement saying announcing the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles won’t be joining the President at the White House to celebrate their victory.

Citing the kneeling controversy, the WH statement said Eagles fans deserve more than a partial delegation. In language sounded exactly like Trump, the statement said, “they [Eagles] disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country. The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better.”

Statement here:

According to a reporter for the NFL Network, The Eagles owner didn’t want to put players who were pro-kneeling in a tough spot and decided to side-step the issue by sending a small group of players to represent the team.

Can we stop with the politicize ALL THE THINGS now? It’s ruining everything. EVERYTHING.

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Good!

Out-fing-standing Mr President.

let the punks stay home.

“Jeff Lurie didn’t want to put the players in a tough spot”

So he screwed the fans instead. Brilliant.

And thank you Mr President for taking a stand. It would have been an easy thing to let this go, another holding action, another orderly retreat, another spine gone “wobbly”.

Screw the Eagles, screw the NFL. The players wanted to bring politics into our one remaining escape from politics, little primadonnas got what they asked for.

    Fen in reply to Fen. | June 4, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    I’m a native Texan, where Football is King. Grew up in Dallas, have been a Cowboy fan since “three and out” Danny White.

    Last year I amputated the NFL. Yes it hurt. But now I don’t even know the names of our starters, nor do I care. And I’m never coming back.

    I rather think it would be a good idea if all Americans were put in a “tough spot,” and forced to declare just where they stand.
    I’ll take my stand: America is the greatest country on God’s green earth and I am proud to be American. I will stand up for my country – always. Are we perfect? Of course not. But I will always work to move our country uphill and not downhill, as the Left is wont to do. And I’ll also stand up for God and God’s truths – not progressive “truths” that change from year to year and even day to day. Of course, i have a blog post on the subject, though I’ve probably linked to it before, why not do another shameless plug? ( https://www.unshackledaction.com/single-post/2017/07/19/The-Truth-Will-Set-You-Free )

      YellowGrifterInChief in reply to topcat69. | June 5, 2018 at 1:12 pm

      Speak for yourself and not the left. You didn’t made a serious attempt to understand their point of view.

      I wished to get to know Trump better. So I invited him to my house for July 4th. The one condition I insisted on was that he stomp on a Nazi flag and then burn it. Since I didn’t hear from him, I hereby dis-invite him. His refusal to meet my conditions proves he is a Nazi.

        Speak for yourself and not the left. You didn’t made a serious attempt to understand their point of view.

        What’s to understand? The Left, at least as it currently stands in the U.S., is a perpetual outrage machine with the ultimate goal of establishing and maintaining power by suppression of other’s voices. This includes the people driving the narratives as well as those who merely accept them.

        Yes, I’m sure that there are some exceptions to those categories, but I doubt they are statistically significant.

          YellowGrifterInChief in reply to malclave. | June 5, 2018 at 2:42 pm

          Trump must be a leftist, because he sure is part of the perpetual outrage machine. This whole thing is a ginned up issue. The player protest was not about the flag or the anthem. It was about injustice.

          If, by now, the President doesn’t understand this, it is because he doesn’t want to. He prefers the outrage. Virtually everyone on this blog prefers the false narrative because the prefer the outrage.

          Barry in reply to malclave. | June 5, 2018 at 8:44 pm

          “It was about injustice.”

          No it’s not. It’s about communism, the attempt to corrupt the country and force people into slavery.

          These are wealthy people, wealthy by virtue of playing a game, no injustice involved.

          malclave in reply to malclave. | June 5, 2018 at 9:09 pm

          The player protest was not about the flag or the anthem

          Of course it was. The players who did kneel chose to make it about the anthem when they chose the time to kneel.

          As far as Trump and outrage goes… it is kind of funny to watch him use your tactics against you.

          YellowGrifterInChief in reply to malclave. | June 5, 2018 at 9:21 pm

          Barry, You don’t get to define what they are speaking about – at the least, not until you listen first. What you are doing is called a ‘Straw Man Argument’.

          The injustice they are talking about is not necessarily being done to them; it is being done to people of color who are not rich, famous or powerful. But even if you are a Harvard Professor, an NBA professional or a Yale grad student (and coincidentally black) you may be hassled out of proportion to the incident.

          I am sure you have answers to why appropriate police action was necessary in all cases. But that is not the point. The kneeling was a protest done at a time that it would be noticed. The fact that even that protest was perverted into an issue about the National anthem is emblematic of why they were protesting. Get it? Of course not.

          Fen in reply to malclave. | June 5, 2018 at 9:25 pm

          Yellow: ” The player protest was not about the flag or the anthem. It was about injustice.”

          No. It was about many things, depending on which players you talked to. The only thing in common was that it was Virtue Signaling and Outrage Whoring in the face of fans who cherish a patriotic ceremony involving the American Flag and National Anthem.

          There were a hundred other ways to protest whatever the cause of the day was. The players chose the most drama queen way imaginable to get attention, and now they are getting that attention.

          Barry in reply to malclave. | June 6, 2018 at 7:37 pm

          “Barry, You don’t get to define…”

          Commie, I get define and comment as I see fit, subject to the rules of this blog.

          Anyone in this country, black, white, red, yellow, and green, should thank this country and those that spilled blood for her every time they have the chance.

          Were it not for this country, most of those uncivil hacks would simply be trying to keep from being eaten alive by whatever cabal of dictators they find their selves under.

          If you wish to protest your perceived injustices, do so. But if you choose to do it in my face, I’ll change the channel/turn off the toob faster than you can take a knee. And never come back. And blog/comment about the vapidity of it at will.

        YGIC – “Speak for yourself and not the left. You didn’t made a serious attempt to understand their point of view.”
        ———————-
        We did make an attempt to understand the lefts point of view. Unfortunately we didn’t want half our brains taken out of our head or the droll dripping from our chins.

        Meanwhile please explain this stupidity from the leftist liberal philly mayor.

        http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/05/philly-mayor-slams-trump-as-not-true-patriot-after-eagles-get-nixed-from-white-house-ceremony.html

        Kenney criticized the president in harsh terms, saying in a statement that “Disinviting them from the White House only proves that our President is not a true patriot, but a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and

        afraid of the embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend.”
        ————————–
        If as the philthy mayor says no one wants to attend, why is he so upset the party was cancelled? Liberal logic wrapped up in another stupid statement.

    Neo in reply to Fen. | June 5, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    The Philadelphia Eagles’ White House contingent would apparently have been a party of one, as quarterback Nick Foles was the only player planning to attend the ceremony

It is good to make SJWs pay a price. It is also good to make their enablers pay a price. Unless that is done, we will never reverse the downhill slope American society and culture have been on for decades. And guess what? At last we have a president who doesn’t care whether the MSM thinks he is nice. And it works!

    Tom Servo in reply to topcat69. | June 4, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    These clowns don’t even realize that Trump doesn’t need the NFL, the NFL needs him. I guarantee that Trump didn’t lose a single vote over this (he probably gained some), but I’ll be the Eagles lost plenty of fans.

      JoAnne in reply to Tom Servo. | June 5, 2018 at 12:12 am

      Hubby was a diehard football fan. Quit cold turkey. Says they are dead to him.

      YellowGrifterInChief in reply to Tom Servo. | June 5, 2018 at 1:16 pm

      Trump once tried to compete with the NFL and lost.

        He is competing with the communist NFL now, and winning.

        Bigly.

          YellowGrifterInChief in reply to Barry. | June 5, 2018 at 9:38 pm

          Yes, the man who should be busy trying to lead the free world is in a feud with a sports league. He is 1st, last, always a bully.

          Meanwhile, in a fair fight he got his brains beat in. 5 things to know about Donald Trump’s foray into doomed USFL

          As for claims about his other accomplishments, I suggest you postpone the Mission Accomplished banner at least a little while. History has a way of sorting out the winners from the losers.

          Fen in reply to Barry. | June 6, 2018 at 12:12 am

          Yellow: “feud with a sports league”

          Be consistent. First it’s a noble quest against injustice, courageously speaking truth to power. Then it’s just a petty feud over sports. Pick one.

          Barry in reply to Barry. | June 6, 2018 at 7:42 pm

          Unlike yellow grifters, Trump and any other conservative is quite capable of doing more than one thing. Dishonest progs only have dishonesty.

          The NFL is losing this battle, fast. The owners screwed up. They picked their side, the anti-American side. It’s not going to end well for the anti-American NFL. They picked this fight.

If time must be wasted on these silly-ass rituals, White House visits should be reserved for American teams.

    mochajava76 in reply to tom_swift. | June 5, 2018 at 8:57 am

    But that just muddies the waters.
    If the Toronto Blue Jays win the World Series, that means the American ball players on that team can’t celebrate with the President.

    And what happens to a team that has players from the Dominican when *that* team wins the WS?

    This is similar to trying to buy an American car. The components come from all over the world.

Love the video. They inadvertently (?) displayed these brats basking in privilege while announcing the WH was instead going to celebrate the men and women who sacrificed their lives for us. Nice optics.

Team owner didn’t want drama? But only “less than 10” players were going to attend? How do you like dem apples, Coach Peterson?

Wait till NFL owners go back to the taxpayers to fund their new stadiums.

    Neo in reply to Fen. | June 5, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    Quarterback Nick Foles was the only player planning to attend

      Fen in reply to Neo. | June 6, 2018 at 12:15 am

      So when they said “less than ten” it was really just one? And they wonder why we are dissatisfied customers…

Trump made the brave call. I guarantee you none of the past recent Presidents would have had the fortitude and guts to do this. He pushes back hard, which is why the liberals are so filled with hate for him. They cannot understand anyone from the right who not only doesn’t just take their BS but hands it right back to them.

The NFL is going to see further decline in viewers, and they can thank themselves for it.

    YellowGrifterInChief in reply to oldgoat36. | June 5, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Yes, it takes a brave man to uninvite people who have already said they were not coming.

    Next he will tweet that the sun came up because he demanded it.

      judgeroybean in reply to YellowGrifterInChief. | June 5, 2018 at 4:51 pm

      This time next year hundreds of former NFL cry babies are going to be competing for good paying jobs at the car wash. Tell them you miss em and they’ll give you a free air freshener.

Hey Coach, remember me? You copied my history paper our senior year and got your name wrong, remember?

I was just wondering what your take was on abortion, since you’re involved in politics now.

Also, I hear you are looking for a new Defensive Secondary Coach? I mostly do political campaigns these days, but I figure if your football expertise can transfer into politics then the reverse can also be true, yes? And I even played Strong Safety in Highschool, 3rd string… But how hard can it be right?

When you’re done laughing, Coach, consider that’s just how silly your team’s political lecturing looks to the rest of us.

inspectorudy | June 5, 2018 at 12:14 am

What a contrast! We have the cowardly NFL owners afraid to say no to the spoiled felons and then we have a brave man as our president who says if you can’t do it right and as a TEAM then fcuk off! Except for Starbucks, I have never seen a business this suicidal. If this carries over into the 2018 season the NFL will have lost a big part of its ticket-buying, TV watching base. They will never come back. I know I won’t.

The sad part is that the Eagles don’t even grasp the fact that the meeting was to honor THEM, not Trump. A rare and maybe once-in-a-lifetime experience missed because they preferred to act like spoiled children.

    Tom Servo in reply to txvet2. | June 5, 2018 at 9:15 am

    I saw someone from the Eagles organization saying “it’s not Trump’s House, it’s the people’s house!!! We had the right to come!!!”

    Well, if your team wants to sign up for a guided tour, I’m sure you can do that any day it’s open. The point is you were invited to see the President, not just tour the White House, and most of the team turned that chance down. It’s a Team Sport, that’s what your President just ruled. If most of your team refuses to go on the field, you lose the game. You just lost the game.

    YellowGrifterInChief in reply to txvet2. | June 5, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    The fact that Trump got elected President didn’t turn him into an honorable man.

    Was he honorable when he cheated on his wives?

    Was he honorable when he continued to take money out of his failing casinos, but didn’t pay his creditors?

    Was he honorable when he destroyed artworks on a building he was demolishing after promising to donate them to a museum? When Donald Destroyed Historic Art to Build Trump Tower

    You can elect a pigs ear as President, but you can’t make him honorable.

      Just as one example of the progs dishonesty:

      “Was he honorable when he destroyed artworks on a building he was demolishing after promising to donate them to a museum?”

      The “promise” was made with the caveat that it did not cost to much to save them. Two week delay to construction, on a job like that – HUGE cost. He rightly made the decision to torch them.

      Now, all the artsy fartsy prog fantasy’s, and not one of the progs lifted a finger to save such “precious” artwork. Not ONE. Not even the actual “artist”.

        YellowGrifterInChief in reply to Barry. | June 5, 2018 at 9:51 pm

        You mean the great planner didn’t know how long it would take when he made a promise? Perhaps he was just lying.

        Was he honorable when he cheated on his wives?

        Was he honorable when he took a draft deferment for a treatable ailment? Funny, I have never seen him limp.

        Was he honorable when he denigrated McCain’s service or intimated the Cruz’s father was part of a conspiracy to kill JFK?

        He is a liar. When is lying ever honorable?

        YellowGrifterInChief in reply to Barry. | June 5, 2018 at 11:05 pm

        Hey Barry, why don’t we reverse this? Tell me a few times that Trump has been honorable.

      inspectorudy in reply to YellowGrifterInChief. | June 6, 2018 at 12:06 am

      How about when he pinned the MOH on the Navy SEAL last week? I guess that was just to honor himself huh? Don’t you have any friends to hang with? You are not liked here at all!

It’s it that they can’t grasp the idea the meeting was to honour then…It’s that they simply don’t care! Trump Derangement Syndrome trumps EVERYTHING!!

Even with only a small group going, I’ll bet half of them would have been arrested for spousal abuse or drug charges before they got there. The other half arrested on the way back home.

clayusmcret | June 5, 2018 at 6:41 am

The team is a team. What some do on the team affects everyone on the team.

Evidently enough of the team had made their positions known that it was being turned into a smaller protest to support the larger protest on the field. That being the case, they’ve got no reason to be invited for the pleasure of receiving “honors” at the White House. Save those honors for athletes who are prouder being Americans than they are pulling off a successful protest.

When losers on the team go down, they take the entire team with’em.

The fans are still invited.

“These 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,” President Trump’s statement continued. “I will be there at 3 p.m. with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus to celebrate America.”

“Eagle players will just instead spend the weekend touring Philidelphia and Pittsburgh, mentoring black youths and hosting Town Halls to bridge gaps between local communities and police… LOL just kidding. They’ll spend the weekend partying with call giros and groupies”

I feel bad for the few players who may have wanted to go, but that’s on their moron teammates.

I bet there’s at least one disappointed Eagles player who had plans to take a knee in the White House.

Stand-up team: No Philadelphia Eagles players knelt for national anthem in 2017

    Meanwhile, Fox News Shows Eagles Players Praying, Falsely Implies They Were Protesting During Anthem

    Fen in reply to Zachriel. | June 5, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    “Stand up team”

    Not anymore.

    And now they are the stand-in for everyone who is sick to their back teeth of Kapernick’s antics.

    I’ve never seen a team fumble and then bumble it all the way back to their own end zone in the off season. Quite a feat – er foot – Eagles.

      YellowGrifterInChief in reply to Fen. | June 5, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      You are malignantly and proudly ignorant.

        It’s a Texas thing Ma’am. Now if you’ll just get back in and acelerate slowly, us ignorant hicks will push your Prius out of the ditch and get you on your way.

      Fen: Not anymore.

      How so? They stood for the national anthem in 2017.

        Fen in reply to Zachriel. | June 5, 2018 at 9:51 pm

        But today they protested America. Less than 10 would appear. Because of politics. And now they are politicians.

        And it’s sad because you are right – my understanding is that they didn’t engage in any of this nonsense last season.

        Too bad they didn’t just put aside political bs and come to the American Capitol to celebrate football. Instead they chose to divide us.

          YellowGrifterInChief in reply to Fen. | June 5, 2018 at 9:57 pm

          Trump is the divider and you like it. He stokes the hate that you need to get through the day. You like it.

          If this was a football that did not kneel, why didn’t they come? I won’t answer for them. But there must have been a reason.

          Fen in reply to Fen. | June 6, 2018 at 12:18 am

          “If this was a football that didn’t kneel”

          Im not understanding your question. I think some of your text got clipped.

          Fen: But today they protested America.

          Protesting a political leader is not the same as protesting the country. Unless you’re a fascist or something.

SOVIET FOOTBALL SUCKS. 2017 NFL NO FANS LEFT DOWN 10%.
2018 WILL BE DOWN ANOTHER 10%
WHEN MCMAHON COMES WITH THE AMERICANS THERE GOES ANOTHER 30%.
THE OWNERS WILL BE CUTTING SALARIES AND PLAYERS AND SELLING WHAT’S LEFT. JUST YOU WAIT AND SEE. THE OWNER JERK WHO TOOK A KNEE WITH THE DIVIDERS WILL BE THE FIRST TO DUMP THE TEAM. THE AMERICAN RULE FOR ALL BUSINESS IS NEVER POOP WHERE YOU EAT. DOGS DON’T DO IT. HEY STAR BUCKS WHERE DID ALL THE TOILET SEATS GO? YOU HAVE TO BUY A RACE CARD LATTE? CAN I GET A LAXATIVE LATTE TO GO?
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So, what we have here is a large number of Eagles players who are refusing to meet the President so that he can say nice things about their Superbowl victory. The owner of the franchise decides that he is not going to require his players to attend. Now, here is where the PR comes into play.

No matter what the President does, this is a lose-lose proposition for him. He can host the “delegation” from the team and have everyone in the media play up the fact that the team members are essentially boycotting him. Or he can say that he is cancelling the event because the team has decided that it does not wish to participate. And, he lays the blame for all of this on the players, where it belongs.

These events are considered publicity for both the President and the team. It reminds everyone that they are the current champions which usually puts more butts in the seats, which benefits the players, management, ownership and even the local governments where the team plays. Yet, neither the ownership nor the players seem to want to increase attendance. The President, faced with a PR problem, minimizes the damage to him by cancelling the event and pointing out that the players and the team do not care about their fans. Then, he doubles down by saying that, as this time, in his schedule, is now open, he will use it to promote the brave men and women of the military who sacrifice so much for the people of this nation.

So, who takes the larger PR hit here?

    Fen in reply to Mac45. | June 5, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    The NFL takes the hit

    1) Because Trump is not merely the Teflon President, he’s some weird Vibranium alloy coating that boomerangs all attacks back on the initiator. I don’t know how he does it.

    2) More importantly, the NFL had thought they had just gotten the whole kneeling hemoraging thing sewed up, and now it’s a gaping wound again.

      Barry in reply to Fen. | June 5, 2018 at 9:09 pm

      “I don’t know how he does it.”

      Well, let’s give some credit to Americans that no longer fall to the BS pushed by the progs.

        Fen in reply to Barry. | June 5, 2018 at 9:44 pm

        Very true. I think it’s also because we are so thrilled to have a Reoublican leader who doesnt go on the Groveling Apology Tour at the first offense that we are willing to cut him some slack if he goes too far in the other direction.

        Remember the reaction he got a campaign rallies when pointed at the media in back and called them corrupt? The crowds went wild, and out of proportion too, as if they all thought “Yes FINALLY someone who will say the Emporer has no clothes!”. Bush wouldn’t have said that. Sadly, neither would my guy, Cruz.

This is not the white hut anymore, ONCE AGAIN it is the “WHITE HOUSE”! If you do not respect our house? STAY THE PHUCK OUT! Good job! DJT, MY POTUS!

Easy solution. We represent a city not each players personal political gripe. We serve the throne not the man sitting on it. We respect our nation’s symbols despite her flaws.

Now get you ass on the field and act like adults. You kneel, you clean out your locker.

The players harboring hostile feelings should insult their audience on their own time.

Trump just sacked them again. Of the WH ceremony today he said “there will be no hiding in locker rooms” at this event.

The NFL owners thought they had weaseled out with their “stay in the locker room” compromise. But now evey game people will be noting who “hid in the locker room” and who didn’t.

The NFL optics just got worse.

The owners need to cone out and say “Enough. We are retreating from the political sphere. We are only here to play football”

Although, they’re dead to me either way. The disrespect was bad enough but was forgivable. But gaslighting us by pretending our voices (or lack of them in stadium seats) were not relevant? Bridge too far. Screw em.

    Fen in reply to Fen. | June 5, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    It was as stupid as hanging up on a loyal customer who makes a complaint in good faith. If you silence them, do you really think their anger won’t wash in another way? You might as well try to hold back the tide. Dumb move.

WarrenPeese | June 6, 2018 at 1:24 am

This is propaganda. Trump canceled and then politicized the cancellation because the number of players showing up was in the single digits. Every Eagle stood on the field for the anthem last year.

    Barry in reply to WarrenPeese. | June 6, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Yea, single digits. As in one, 1.

    Simple enough, the team goes to the WH, gets applauded, everyone goes home happy.

    Team decides to make a political statement after the traditional invitation, and you think Trump politicized it.

    It will not end well for the NFL. It will not end well for the SJW league of babies.

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