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Some Super Bowl Winners Will Be Sitting Out White House Visit To Boycott Trump

It's a long-standing tradition for the President of the United States to host a meet and greet with the NFL team that won the Super Bowl. This year, many Super Bowl LII champs are planning to sit out the victory party.

Meeting with Donald Trump is not an honor, in their opinion, and they have no interest in taking part.

The Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl ever, defeating the New England Patriots  41-33. There is much cause for the team to celebrate their unexpected victory, but there is one traditional victory party that many team members will sit out: a visit to the White House and a meeting with President Trump.

NJ.com reports that a number of players already said that if their team wins, they will decline the invitation.

Chris Long is one of the protesters. He was on the New England Patriots last year, and when his team won in 2017, he sat out the visit. He says his feelings haven't changed this year.

“No, I’m not going to the White House...Are you kidding me?” he said in an interview.

In an anti-Trump video, Long said, “[When] my son grows up, and I believe the legacy of our president is going to be what it is, I don’t want him to say, ‘Hey Dad, why’d you go [to the White House] when you knew the right thing was to not go?’”

Safety Malcolm Jenkins told CNN that he wouldn't be going. "Nah, I personally do not anticipate attending," he said on 'New Day'.

Wide receiver Torrey Smith, a staunch Black Lives Matter movement supporter, has also said he has no desire to meet with the president.

"We read the news just like everyone else," said Smith, who has been a long-time Trump critic. "You see Donald Trump tweet something... We have those conversations in the locker room, just like everyone else does in the workplace.”

Trump caused a firestorm at the start of the season when he suggested that the NFL 'fire the bastards' who took a knee during the National Anthem. Those who protest, and those who support the protests, took issue with the president getting involved in the controversy.

Many protesters say Trump has it all wrong. "We're not protesting the anthem. It's a protest during the anthem," Smith said.

"I understand why people are mad, or may be offended when someone takes a knee. My father, when he dies, is going to be buried with an American flag draped around his casket, being that he served in the Army," Smith told CNN.

The Eagles players won't be the first group of professional athletes to snub this president. Last year, about two dozen members of the New England Patriots, the 2017 Super Bowl champs, didn't show up.

Some, like Tom Brady, said he sat out the visit due to family matters. Others say that not wanting to meet Trump was behind their absence.

“I just don’t feel welcome in that house," said running back LeGarrette Blount on 'The Rich Eisen Show'.

“It is what it is. People know how I feel about it. Just follow me on Twitter," said Trump critic Martellus Bennett, tight end for the Patriots.

"Basic reason for me is I don’t feel accepted in the White House. With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices, I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won’t," safety Devin McCourty told Time Magazine.

Last year, members of the Golden State Warriors, NBA Champions, also refused to go to the White House.

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