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The Second The Super Bowl Ended Eagles Players Told Trump To F-Off

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In a truly remarkable game of football, the Philadelphia Eagles went home from Super Bowl LII Sunday night with the Lombardi trophy. This was the franchise’s first-ever Super Bowl win, and the thrill of victory was on the faces of players and fans alike. Winning a major football title should be the hard part, right? Wrong. A man who goes by the name of President Donald Trump must rear his ugly head.

Hours prior to kickoff, the White House issued a statement about honoring United States service members, while not-so-subtly pushing for the NFL players to stand during the National Anthem.

“Though many of our nation’s service members are unable to be home with family and friends to enjoy this evening’s American tradition, they are always in our thoughts and prayers,” said Trump’s statement. “We owe these heroes the greatest respect for defending our liberty and our American way of life. Their sacrifice is stitched into each star and every stripe of our Star-Spangled Banner. We hold them in our hearts and thank them for our freedom as we proudly stand for the national anthem.”

Taking a knee during the National Anthem has been a hot debate topic since Colin Kaepernick started the protest in September 2016 to call attention to racism and the Black Lives Matter movement. Earlier this season, Trump called for franchise owners to start reprimanding their players for these displays of solidarity.

Many players in Sunday’s game, particularly on the winning team, have been vocal activists for kneeling or raising their fist during the National Anthem at the start of games. In fact, some Eagles players are already saying they will probably not attend with their team to go to the White House. Safety Malcolm Jenkins and wide receiver Torrey Smith have both alluded to their absence, as well as running back¬†LeGarrette Blount and defensive end Chris Long, both current Eagles players and former Patriots who declined the invitation to the White House after last year’s win. On Pardon My Take podcast prior to this year’s game, Long stood vehemently behind his continued desire to not attend.

“No, I’m not going to the White House. Are you kidding me?” said Long.

It’s too bad – the Eagles made history, and some of the players who worked so incredibly hard can’t even fully enjoy the benefits that come with their success because they don’t want to associate with the President. However, this shouldn’t take too much away, and it shouldn’t cloud their historic victory. It was a phenomenal game. #FlyEaglesFly


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