The Philadelphia Eagles were set to visit the White House on Tuesday to celebrate their Super Bowl title. However, President Donald Trump called off the Eagles Super Bowl celebration over national anthem debate. Trump says in a statement that some members of the Super Bowl Championship team “disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart.” He says he’ll instead be hosting “a different type of ceremony” with the U.S. Marine Band.
The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House. Unfortunately, only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event. Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2018
We will proudly be playing the National Anthem and other wonderful music celebrating our Country today at 3 P.M., The White House, with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus. Honoring America! NFL, no escaping to Locker Rooms!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2018