Lemon's words came after President Trump canceled the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles' trip to the White House after less than half the team planned to attend - despite the fact that not one Eagles player kneeled during the 2017 season. Their message of social change has been drowned out and turned into a matter of patriotism and the kneeling/protesting players' apparent disrespect for the country, its flag, and its military.
"This is going to be a blanket statement, and then I'm not going to discuss it further", Pederson told reporters.
Mr Trump, furious about the low number of Eagles players who were coming, scrapped Tuesday's visit, believing a low turnout would reflect poorly upon him.
The NFL team's owner, Jeffrey Lurie, is a long-standing critic of the president, and several Eagles players have also spoken out against the American football league's new policy which requires players to stand for the national anthem before matches - or stay in the locker room.
The Eagles held an OTA practice on Tuesday instead of visiting the White House.
In snubbing the Eagles, Trump praised other championship teams that have attended White House celebrations during his administration, among them the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Houston Astros.
"We stand to show our love for our fellow citizens and our magnificent Constitution", Trump said.
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Meanwhile, Garrett said he hopes that both sides can smooth things over, for the fans' sake.
The White House also put out an official statement echoing Sanders' sentiments.
Veteran defensive end Chris Long, who donated his $1 million salary previous year to charity, said the Eagles weren't trying to make a political statement. But I think I agree with LeBron. "What we do is our business and we made a decision as a team".
The image was presented as an example of the players kneeling during the national anthem in protest against police brutality. "I think Jeffrey's been supportive of our off-the-field stuff".
"I do have an absolute right to pardon myself, but I'll never have to do it because I didn't do anything wrong and everybody knows it", said President Trump. "The men and women that wanted to go should've been able to go", wrote Smith, who is now a member of the Carolina Panthers.
"People in Philadelphia shouldn't let this news take away from what that team did".
"Disinviting them from the White House only proves that our President is not a true patriot, but a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and afraid of the embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend".