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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.

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.

 

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.”

The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles have been invited to the White House for the customary visit.

“President Trump looks forward to welcoming the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House on June 5th to celebrate their Super Bowl LII win,” Lindsay Walters, White House deputy press secretary, told Philly.com.

The Eagles were initially invited last month, according to 6ABC, which first reported the news.

There was some uncertainty about whether the Eagles would make the trip to Washington, considering owner Jeffrey Lurie’s recent critical comments of the president. Trump pulled the NBA champion Golden State Warriors‘ invitation last September after Stephen Curry suggested the team would decline the offer.

However, the Eagles confirmed the team has begun preparations for the visit.

“We are in the process of working through the logistics of a trip to Washington DC, including a visit to the White House, on June 5th,” an Eagles spokesman told Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

Malcolm JenkinsTorrey Smith, and Chris Long are among notable names from the Super Bowl-winning squad who’ve already said they won’t attend the celebration.

Coming off the first Super Bowl win in franchise history, the Philadelphia Eagles are not short on confidence.

First-team All-Pro offensive tackle Lane Johnson, who’s under contract with the Eagles for the next four seasons, did his part to fuel what could become the league’s newest rivalry against the back-to-back AFC Champion New England Patriots.

“The Patriot Way is a fear-based organization,” Johnson said on the “Pardon My Take” podcast. “Obviously, do they win? Hell yes, they win. They’ve won for a long time. Do I think people enjoy and can say, ‘I had a lot of fun playing there?’ No, I don’t.”

Johnson played the 2017 season with running back LeGarrette Blount and defensive end Chris Long, two castoffs from the Super Bowl LI-winning Patriots team.

The outspoken offensive lineman doesn’t see himself choosing to blend into what the Patriots demand of their players.

“They’re successful, but when they go to interviews, they act like f—ing robots,” he said. “Hey, stop being a d—head. We can be cordial for a little bit. You only get to do this job one time, so let’s have fun while we’re doing it. Not to be reckless, but I’d much rather have fun and win a Super Bowl than be miserable and win five Super Bowls.”

It’s not the first shot Johnson has taken at the Patriots and five-time Super Bowl-champ Tom Brady, calling the quarterback a “pretty boy” he’d like to dethrone prior to Super Bowl LII.

WWE’s Mojo Rawley thinks its inevitable that Rob Gronkowski will make the move to professional wrestling once his football-playing days are over.

Rawley, who’s good friends with the New England Patriots tight end, hinted at the possible career change while chatting with TMZ Sports before Super Bowl LII.

“It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when,” Rawley said, before adding, “I don’t know, I can’t speak for him.”

Gronkowski is under contract with the Patriots through 2019, but was noncommittal when asked about returning next season. There have also been rumors that he’s considering retirement to pursue a career in acting.