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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.

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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.

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.”

In response to the NFL’s new national anthem policy, New York Jets CEO Christopher Johnson said last week he would not discipline any player who violates the league’s rules.

Johnson’s position appears to have impressed his players, who have shown their support recently.

“We’ve been actively in conversations with Christopher on how we can go about it and other ways to make change,” wide receiver Jermaine Kearse told reporters Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini. “I’m very appreciative of him. I think he kind of gets it, the fact that he has taken ownership, to support us and be actively involved.”

Johnson reportedly held a team meeting last Thursday, where he told players “where he stood,” according to left tackle Kelvin Beachum. The Jets’ CEO did vote for the policy but later made it clear he would support his players.

Head coach Todd Bowles echoed his players’ appreciation.

“It’s always nice to have the owner have your back,” Bowles said. “It’s about the issues for us. We didn’t have a problem a year ago. We’ll continue to talk as a group, as a team, and as an organization and go forward from there.”

“We try to focus on the issues and do things behind the scenes that make a difference, as opposed to sitting out here and going tit for tat with a lot of this going on.”

A player who has knelt during the anthem took umbrage Thursday with President Donald Trump’s latest criticism of such protests.

After Trump said of NFL players who don’t stand during the national anthem ahead of games, “Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country,” Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall called the statement “disgusting.”

“I say ‘disgusting’ because of our First Amendment rights,” Marshall told Jeff Legwold of ESPN. “We have freedom of speech, right? Freedom to protest? Because somebody decides to protest something, now they have to be kicked out of the country? That’s not how things should work, in my opinion.”

Marshall joined the protests in 2016, kneeling during eight games that season. He did the same in Week 3 of the 2017 season after Trump caused a firestorm by calling for protesters to be yanked off the field and lose their jobs.

He received death threats after taking his position in 2016.

President Donald Trump’s verbal disputes with NFL players have recommenced.

Much like when Trump said any “son of a b—h” that protests during the national anthem should be fired and the league’s workforce responded by intensifying their symbolic gestures, the two sides are going at it again over the NFL’s anthem issue.

Trump suggested Thursday morning that those who don’t stand for the national anthem “shouldn’t be playing” and maybe “shouldn’t be in the country.” Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin responded in kind Thursday afternoon.

“He’s an idiot, plain and simple,” Baldwin said, according to Gregg Bell of The News Tribune.

“I mean, listen, I respect the man because he’s a human being first and foremost, but he’s just being more divisive, which is not surprising,” Baldwin continued. “It is what it is. But for him to say that anybody who doesn’t follow his viewpoints or his constituents’ viewpoints should be kicked out of the country, it’s not very empathetic. It’s not very American-like, actually. It’s not very patriotic. It’s not what this country was founded upon.

“It’s kind of ironic (for) me that the President of the United States is contradicting what our country is really built on.”

Baldwin also expressed his disappointment with the NFL’s new rules for conduct during the national anthem. Those that are on the field will be required to “stand and show respect for the flag and anthem” and those that choose not to stand will be permitted to remain in the locker room.

“I think the NFL really missed it this time,” he said.