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The Philadelphia Eagles‘ White House contingent would apparently have been a party of one, as quarterback Nick Foles was the only player planning to attend the ceremony, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday fewer than 10 Eagles players were scheduled to appear at the White House with owner Jeffrey Lurie and head coach Doug Pederson before President Donald Trump canceled the event.

Foles, of course, was the MVP of Super Bowl LII, helping Philadelphia hoist its first Lombardi Trophy in franchise history.

After being granted an unexpected day off, the Eagles reportedly held an organized team activity practice Tuesday.

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The Philadelphia Eagles gained a somewhat unlikely ally in their fight for social justice, amid a controversy spurred by Donald Trump’s decision to disinvite the Super Bowl champion from the White House.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers legend and FOX NFL Sunday analyst/co-host Terry Bradshaw offered his wholehearted support for the Eagles in their protest.

“I agree with the Eagles. Totally. One hundred percent. Trump just needs to … go somewhere and enjoy the money he’s got,” Bradshaw told TMZ Sports.

“You know what’s so bad about that whole event? Was how they were portrayed as protesting, kneeling, during the national anthem when they were praying. That is just wrong.”

Bradshaw has been a consistent supporter of the Republican Party and hasn’t been shy in making his conservative views public.

After the NFL instituted a policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem if they are on the sidelines prior to a game, sociopolitical tensions between players, owners, and the Trump administration don’t appear to be subsiding anytime soon. The Eagles now have a powerful ally in their corner, while Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long continue to be among the most vocal advocates of social justice in the NFL.

President Donald Trump instructed White House officials to try to punish the NFL for its protesting players as part of the recent GOP tax reform, White House and Capitol Hill aides told The Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey and Wesley Lowery.

Some aides reportedly even began researching how to follow through on such an act, though a White House official noted that Trump’s ideas never came to fruition and were interpreted “more as venting.”

Trump’s request to hit the NFL in its wallet came after players continued to kneel despite the president calling for those demonstrating during the national anthem to be “fired” at an Alabama rally.

The NFL recently implemented an anthem policy that requires players and personnel to stand if on the sidelines; however, Trump has continued his attacks on the league, canceling the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles‘ White House visit due to only a small contingent of team members deciding to make the trip to Washington.

The Washington Capitals are still a win away from clinching the franchise’s first-ever Stanley Cup title, but that isn’t stopping questions about a potential White House visit should they earn the crown tomorrow night against the Vegas Golden Knights.

On Wednesday, those questions were posed to Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly.

“The things that he spews are straight-up racist and sexist,” Smith-Pelly said of Trump in an interview with Postmedia’s Michael Traikos. “Some of the things he’s said are pretty gross. I’m not too into politics, so I don’t know all his other views, but his rhetoric I definitely don’t agree with.

“It hasn’t come up here, but I think I already have my mind made up.”

The Capitals as a team have refrained from commenting on any potential trip to visit the president in Washington, but after hearing from Smith-Pelly, you can begin to understand the sentiment within Washington’s dressing room relating to views on the president.

“Things that he’s saying about immigrants and people of color, I don’t think anyone here would agree with that,” said Smith-Pelly. “We’ve got a lot of Europeans and a lot of Canadians.”

Questions regarding the NHL champions’ White House trip have come to the forefront following Donald Trump’s cancellation of the Philadelphia Eagles’ visit to Washington to commemorate the team’s Super Bowl LII victory.

The Capitals will earn the first Cup in the club’s 44-year history with a win over Vegas on Thursday night. Puck drop is set for 8 p.m. ET from T-Mobile Arena.

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson addressed the media Wednesday for the first time since President Donald Trump disinvited the team from the White House.

“We’ve got the greatest fans in the National Football League. When we had that parade back in February … Our true fans, they’re beside us, we’re beside them,” Pederson said.

Pederson was prepared to attend a ceremony celebrating the Super Bowl LII champions Tuesday, but the Eagles contingent would have consisted of only the coach, his wife, owner Jeffrey Lurie, and lone confirmed player Nick Foles, reported NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

President Trump disinvited the team Monday, noting the small size of the delegation in his statement, and another statement from the White House on Tuesday accused the Eagles of abandoning their fans.

Pederson admitted he was disappointed that he and the team were unable to make the trip. He added that he didn’t feel a team meeting was required to address the situation and the club remains united.

“I was looking forward to going down, obviously. We did something last season that is very special. It’s a milestone here in the city of Philadelphia … I was looking forward to going down and being recognized as world champions. It is what it is,” Pederson said.

He said he didn’t want to field future questions about the situation.

“What you’ve seen and what you’ve heard is enough,” the coach said.

Donald Trump’s potential influence over the NFL’s new national anthem policy has come to light in the first testimony to come from Colin Kaepernick’s collusion grievance against the league.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones revealed details of a phone conversation with the President of the United States in which Trump made it clear he wasn’t going to let go of the issue of players protesting during the anthem.

“This is a very winning, strong issue for me,” Trump told Jones, according to Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal. “Tell everybody, you can’t win this one. This one lifts me.”

Trump reacted positively to the NFL’s decision, but still took issue with the league allowing players to stay in the locker room during the anthem if they wish, saying “maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.”

It’s been speculated that the NFL’s anthem policy is an attempt to dissuade the president from further verbal attacks. The league and its owners are reportedly “terrified” of Trump, one league source told the Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman.

Trump called for protesting NFL players to be “fired” at a rally prior to Week 3 last season, causing widespread demonstrations across the league.

 

The Philadelphia Eagles lost their invite for a planned visit to the White House on Tuesday, according to a statement by President Donald Trump.

The president’s decision comes after a large group of players had already decided not to attend, including most – if not all – of the black players, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The statement claims the Eagles are unable to attend with their full team because “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.”

Even though a smaller group wanted to attend, they’re not being allowed as “the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better.”

Those fans are still invited to attend a ceremony “that will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem.”

Wide receiver Torrey Smith, who was traded to the Carolina Panthers this offseason, called the president’s decision a “cowardly act,” and said making it about the anthem is “foolish.”