The White House introduced the information first Thursday, by deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters:
“President Trump seems ahead to welcoming the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House on June fifth to have a good time their Super Bowl LII win.” – White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters
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In April, the Eagles stated there have been ongoing discussions with the White House on the logistics of a visit and the crew stated it was contemplating the invitation.
“We have been in touch with White House representatives and are at the moment discussing the logistics of an upcoming go to to Washington,” the Eagles said in a statement. “We are honored to obtain this invitation and consider this not solely as a chance to be acknowledged for our on-field accomplishments, but in addition as a chance to interact in productive dialogue with the leaders of our nation.”
The Eagles made an identical assertion after the invitation was prolonged Thursday:
“We are within the strategy of working by the logistics of a visit to Washington D.C., together with a go to to the White House, on June fifth.”
Who will or gained’t be attending?
It’s possible that a number of Eagles gamers will skip the go to. Safety Malcolm Jenkins, large receiver Torrey Smith (now with the Panthers), and defensive finish Chris Long all said they do not plan to attend. Running again LeGarrette Blount was with the Patriots for Super Bowl 51 and chose not to attend, so he’s one other participant that might decide towards the go to.
“I personally don’t anticipate attending that,” Jenkins told CNN a day after the Super Bowl. “[I’m not sending] a message [to]the president, my message has been clear all 12 months. I’m about creating constructive change within the communities that I come from, whether or not it’s Philadelphia, New Jersey, Ohio, Louisiana, or this whole nation.
“I need to see adjustments in our prison justice system. I need to see us push for financial and academic development in communities of coloration and low-income communities. And I need to see between our communities and our legislation enforcement be superior.”
Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles isn’t amongst these gamers, telling reporters in April he’ll “be with the organization” on no matter they determine relating to the go to.
It’ll even be attention-grabbing if Eagles proprietor Jeffrey Lurie joins the crew on the journey. During a gathering with gamers and house owners, Lurie reportedly said Donald Trump was leading “one disastrous presidency.”
The Eagles might want to work round their OTA schedule
Another small logistics hurdle is that the go to on June 5 conflicts with every week of organized crew actions (OTAs). Philadelphia has a finite quantity of offseason practices and has OTAs scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of that week.
It’s unclear for now if the Eagles will scrap the Tuesday follow altogether, however the journey to Washington is a brief one from Philadelphia, and the crew may transfer the follow to a different day.
The Patriots’ visit in 2017 occurred in April and didn’t intrude with OTAs.
Super Bowl champions have visited the White House yearly for greater than three many years. Jimmy Carter first invited the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1980 and it became an annual tradition during Ronald Reagan’s presidency.