Tuesday was supposed to be the day the Philadelphia Eagles visited the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory.
Instead, the White House canceled the visit on Monday, and ESPN reported that "five or fewer Eagles players committed to attend."
said: "The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. 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. The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the ceremony deserve better."
No @Eagles tomorrow??? @POTUS says they’re “unable to come” with full team - and the fans “deserve better” than a smaller delegation.— Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) June 4, 2018
(Multiple Eagles players had said they wouldn’t visit WH if they won the Super Bowl)
Fox News reported on the event's cancellation, and some of the photos the network used that purported to show Eagles players protesting actually were of them praying.
None of the Philadelphia players knelt last season. According to Pro Football Talk, Ron Brooks knelt before a preseason game, but he was released in August. Malcolm Jenkins raised a fist during the playing of the anthem early in the season but stopped after the NFL donated money to fight social injustices.
Here is the Fox News segment:
One of the images showed Eagles tight end Zach Ertz praying.
On Tuesday, Ertz took issue with Fox News' segment, and wrote on Twitter: "This can’t be serious.... Praying before games with my teammates, well before the anthem, is being used for your propaganda?! Just sad, I feel like you guys should have to be better than this..."
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