Eagles invited to visit White House next month

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The folks at 1600 Penn. announced the invite Thursday afternoon, saying "President Trump looks forward to welcoming the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House on June 5th to celebrate their Super Bowl LII win".

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, defensive end Chris Long and former wide receiver Torrey Smith have said they would not attend if an invitation were presented. Ever since February's Super Bowl win, various Eagles players have expressed disinterest in visiting the White House. Lurie was supportive of Jenkins and Long when they demonstrated during the anthem last season.

"At this point, I'm not interested in any discussions on anything right now just with the climate that's been going on in The White House", Jenkins said. Jenkins told NBC10 that he will be in Washington with his teammates but won't go to the White House. "But this isn't one of those meetings, so I'll opt out of the photo opportunity".

"No, I'm not going to the White House". I just don't see it.

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Trump's comments from October, where he called on all owners to "fire" any player who made a decision to kneel for the anthem, didn't sit well with a lot of the players in the Eagles locker room.

The date, June 5, could be an issue as the Eagles will be in the middle of a voluntary OTA during that time. Although he is now in a protective boot, he's still expected to report for the start of the Eagles' OTAs on Monday. The final round of OTAs are from June 4-7. It's possible the Eagles could have practice in the morning and get to Washington in the afternoon, or vice versa.

Now we know when (at least some of those Eagles) might go. "We are honored to receive this invitation and view this not only as an opportunity to be recognized for our on-field accomplishments but also as an opportunity to engage in productive dialogue with the leaders of our country", the team said in April.

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