The Philadelphia Eagles were supposed to visit the White House tomorrow to celebrate the team's Super Bowl title. Now, that trip won't happen, and Donald Trump says he has rescinded the invite.
Similarly to when Trump said he canceled the Golden State Warriors' invite last year when Steph Curry said he would boycott, he claims to have done the same with Philadelphia. Multiple Eagles players had said they would not be attending.
Trump released a statement this evening saying the Eagles "are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow." Trump goes on to say that because the national anthem was at the heart of this decision.
"The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. 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 country. The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fan 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 Army Chorus to celebrate America."
Malcolm Jenkins, Torrey Smith and Chris Long had all said they would not be visiting the White House with their teammates. All three have been outspoken critics of Trump.
Once again, the hot button national anthem issue that has been at the heart of Trump's war with the NFL doesn't seem like it will be going away any time soon.
It will be interesting to see if the Eagles respond to Trump's statement.