While all players stood for the national anthem, you just knew there would be some kind of political backlash in the form of some kind of protest darkening the Super Bowl celebration. Yes, there are players who just can’t be magnanimous in victory. They are refusing their White House invite after their Super Bowl win.
The first to decline is outlined here in The Washington Post:
It’s Super Bowl week, which means among other things that it’s time to ask players involved if they plan to accompany their team to the White House, should that team win it all. The Philadelphia Eagles’ Chris Long didn’t even wait until Monday’s media day to assert that, with President Trump in office, he would not want to make the trip.
“No, I’m not going to the White House,” Long said on the “Pardon My Take” podcast. “Are you kidding me?”
And CNN adds these players who won’t be attending a White House celebration of their win:
The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl for the first time in the franchise’s history on Sunday, but several players have already indicated that they will not participate in the traditional White House visit, citing their opposition to President Donald Trump.
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, who also raised his fist during the National Anthem this past season, told CNN on Monday that he intends to skip the White House visit.
“Nah, I personally do not anticipate attending,” Jenkins told CNN’s “New Day.”Wide receiver Torrey Smith, who also raised his fist on the field to express solidarity with the “Black Lives Matter” movement, expressed his disapproval of Trump’s war against players who take a knee during the national anthem to protest racism.
These “gentlemen” need a lesson in winning graciously. After all, they are public figures and role models. Their personal differences can be addressed without this tasteless display.