Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Donald Trump cancels Super Bowl invite to Eagles, creates Twitter firestorm

Donald Trump cancels Super Bowl invite to Eagles, creates Twitter firestorm

Both sides traded hot accusations about who was to blame.

Trump has publicly condemned NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem before games last season, calling on them to be fired.

The Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 in the Super Bowl on February 4.

At the reception, Trump joked about the media's speculation and "laughed off" rumors of them breaking up.

Head Coach Doug Pederson said earlier Wednesday that he was excited to go to the White House to be honored for his team's Super Bowl victory. Forty-seven percent said players should be required to stand and 48% said they should be allowed to kneel. The Eagles proposed a time when Trump would be overseas.

A representative for the Philadelphia Eagles did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.

A study by the website Sports Pundit which tracked the kneeling protests league-wide last season found that no individual Philadelphia players actually participated, however. "Like guys said before me, I'm sure whoever wins this series won't be going".

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry warms up before practice Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The White House said the event would be called off and replaced with a celebration of the National Anthem and Trump tweeted that was the cause.

Trump, furious about the small number of Eagles who were coming, scrapped Tuesday's visit, believing a low turnout would reflect poorly upon him. He had told aides a year ago that he was embarrassed when Tom Brady, the star quarterback of that season's champion New England Patriots, opted to skip a White House visit. Trump is hosting the "Celebration of America" event instead.

Trump sang along to "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America" during a brief ceremony that included the U.S. Marine Band and the U.S. Army chorus. Hours before Wallace issued his public apology, the account for the network's Fox & friends show - a Trump favorite - tweeted several mentions of a purported "anthem dispute", including one from co-host Brian Kilmeade in which he chided the Eagles and said, "Public sides with Anthem & Patriotism".

Mrs. Trump recently spent five days in the hospital following a kidney procedure and stayed out of sight for more than three weeks before re-emerging at a private White House reception Monday.

"She's doing great. She went through a little rough patch, but she's doing great", Trump said at the top of the meeting, surrounded by his Cabinet as several governors and other officials participated by video conference. Unfortunately, there were a bunch of people online who did not care.

Eagles player Zach Ertz, who was in two of the pictures used by Fox during the segment, tweeted "this can't be serious. It hasn't come up here, but I think I already have my mind made up". "This is the peoples' house". "I don't blame anyone". At least the owners might earn some respect rather than appearing disloyal to their players and patsies in Trump's race-baiting games. Following the playing of the anthem, a heckler shouted from the audience: "Stop hiding behind the armed services and the national anthem!" prompting boos.

In a statement issued Monday less than 24 hours before the event, Trump says some members of the team disagree with his insistence that they "proudly stand" for the national anthem in honor of military veterans and the nation as a whole.

The Philadelphia Eagles are feeling President Donald Trump's wrath.

"Disinviting them from the White House only proves that our President is not a true patriot, but a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and afraid of the embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend".

Curry said the team has been on the same page after his comments a year ago and Trump's subsequent revoking of the Warriors' invitation.

Mr. Trump portrayed the National Football League decision as a victory for him but also berated it for allowing players to stay in locker rooms during the anthem. Trump, who won Pennsylvania in 2016, has backed his GOP challenger, Rep. Lou Barletta.

The politics are already playing out in the state's Senate race, where Republican Rep. Lou Barletta is challenging Democratic incumbent Bob Casey.

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