Eagles: White House visit could be chance to "engage in productive dialogue"

Elias Hubbard
April 24, 2018

The Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl in franchise history in February, but their participation in a championship tradition - a visit to the White House - remains in question.

Notably, the statement claims that the Eagles have received - not accepted - the invitation.

"We have been in contact with White House representatives and are now discussing the logistics of an upcoming visit to Washington", the statement read, via NJ Advance Media.

While that sounds hopeful, there's reason to think that the Eagles might not be keen on meeting with the Trump White House.

After winning Super Bowl LI, the New England Patriots visited the White House on April 19 of a year ago.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie - described as "one of the most liberal owners in the NFL" in the Times report - was asked about the possibility of visiting the White House at the NFL Owner's Meetings in Orlando last month.

After winning the Super Bowl with the Saints as a rookie, Jenkins said the team spent only a five minutes in the same room as president Barack Obama.

The idea that the visit to the White House could be an opportunity for dialogue is an interesting one.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the New York Times that the two sides have been talking about the "timing" of a visit.

"We have been in contact with White House representatives and are now discussing the logistics of an upcoming visit to Washington", a spokesman for the Eagles said on Monday, according to the New York Times. Weeks after Mr. Trump attacked the league, several dozen owners, players and league executives met to discuss a plan to donate money to an array of groups fighting social injustice.

A player said it was hard to trust the owners because they supported Trump.

Jenkins, although he did not kneel, was one of the players who protested during the anthem.

President Donald Trump is frequently turning to his cell phone to contact advisers, a sign that he is seeking to circumvent chief of staff John Kelly's gatekeeping and take direct control of who has access to him, CNN reported Monday.

A potential visit would receive more scrutiny this year, especially after President Trump spoke out in September about NFL players who demonstrated during the national anthem.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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