There was some speculation that the Philadelphia Eagles would not make the customary Super Bowl champion visit to the White House. Now, they have reportedly reached a decision.
The team, which featured several players who spoke out against President Donald Trump, was invited to the White House. They will reportedly visit on June 5.
President Trump released a statement on the matter this afternoon.
"President Trump looks forward to welcoming the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House on June 5th to celebrate their Super Bowl LII win.” – White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters
— Jonathan Tamari (@JonathanTamari) May 17, 2018
According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, a date has not been locked in just yet, but the Eagles are in the process of finalizing the trip.
The Eagles haven't confirmed this just yet. Still working through some logistics and figuring out what works, it sounds like. Walters made it seem like a done deal but it's not quite there yet. https://t.co/D66l4E8qSG
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 17, 2018
Three Eagles players–defensive back Malcolm Jenkins, defensive end Chris Long and wide receiver Torrey Smith–have said in the past they would not attend any White House gathering. All three have been outspoken critics of Trump and his policies.
Jenkins told reporters today that he won’t go to the White House, but will be in D.C. with his teammates when they go. Long also skipped the White House visit last year when he was a member of the New England Patriots.
The Eagles defeated the Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII in February. It was the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory.