Eagles Get Delayed Invitation to White House and Accept, Though Some Players May Sit Out Visit

It's customary for the President of the United States to invite champion professional sports teams to the White House for a meet and greet. Super Bowl winners always get an invitation. The New England Patriots were invited to meet President Donald Trump after winning last year.

This year, however, the Super Bowl champs had to wait for that invitation-- and many wondered if it would come. The team members weren't holding their breath, though.

The Philadelphia Eagles have finally been extended an invitation to the White House by President Trump. There has been much speculation about whether they would be extended the invitation at all, and the invitation took an unusually long time to get to them. If it was extended, many have wondered whether the team would accept it.

The delay has created a buzz, but the White House has been saying that they were working on it. “We have been in conversations with the Eagles about timing and are working with them to make it happen,” said Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a press conference. “We hope to have something finalized in the next couple of weeks.”

The wondering is over now, and it seems the Eagles have gotten their invitation. The team has also officially accepted, declaring they were 'honored' by it and plan to attend. In a statement, a spokesperson said that the team viewed it as an 'opportunity to engage in productive dialogue with the leaders of our country'.

Just because the team accepted doesn't mean every player would show up. Safety Malcom Jenkins' has already said he would not visit if the team got the invitation. The activist told CNN that he's be boycotting the trip.

Jenkins has been pushing for the NFL to become more active in the social justice causes pursued by the players. There has been a lot of controversy within the NFL about certain forms of activism, causing people on both sides of the political aisle to boycott the league.

Chris Long, defensive end, will most likely skip the visit. He didn't go last year when he was on the Patriots, and he has already said he didn't plan to go this year.

Jeffrey Lurie, the team's owner, has not been very supportive of president Trump. In fact, he's reportedly called Trump's presidency a 'disaster' in private meetings within the league. He's long been known for supporting liberal political causes, and supported Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, in the 2016 election.

The team owner has a doctoral degree in social policy. Before he bought the Eagles, he used to give speeches on various social justice topics, taking a liberal slant, and has been a great supporter of activism in which his players have taken part. He’s been furious about Trump stirring up a firestorm around the NFL, criticizing players for their peaceful protests and slamming the league for not firing players who disrespected the flag.

“Many of us have no interest in supporting President Trump,” Lurie said, according to the New York Times. “Yes, there are some. There are some players who do, too.... But this is not where you brandish a group of people because they own assets in a sport we love, supporting what many of us perceive as, you know, one disastrous presidency."

The comments were obtained by the Times in an audio recording. Lurie had followed them up with, "Don't quote me."

It’s unclear if Lurie will be saving the date.

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