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Report: Eagles Planned to Send Less than 10 Players to White House

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The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles were scheduled to be honored at the White House on Tuesday. But on Monday night, President Donald J. Trump canceled the appearance since the Eagles were sending such a small group of players.

“The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow,” Trump said in a statement. “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. The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better. These fans are still invited to the White House to be part of a different type of ceremony — one that will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem. I will be there at 3:00 p.m. with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus to celebrate America.”

Some Eagles players, including defensive end Chris Long and safety Malcolm Jenkins, made it clear months ago that they wouldn’t go to the White House due to  differences with the President, including over the national anthem protests.

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