Eagles White House Visit Set for June 5
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles and the White House are making plans for a June 5 visit by the Super Bowl champions.
The date is interesting for a number of reasons, most notably how late it is as well as the fact that the team's final on-field OTAs this spring are a scheduled for June 4-7.
WPVI in Philadelphia first reported the plan and it was confirmed by the Withe House.
"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 said.
The Eagles also later confirmed the working plan with an interesting twist.
“We are in the process of working through the logistics of a trip to Washington D.C., including a visit to the White House, on June 5th,” the team said.
Part of the holdup has been the polarization of the current political environment and the controversy that seems to follow President Donald Trump.
Already a number of Eagles, including Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long, Brandon Graham and the now departed Torrey Smith, have claimed they will not attend due to their differences with the POTUS.
Jenkins has been especially vocal and continued that theme after the visit was announced while appearing on NBC Sports Philadelphia.
“I don’t see it as beneficial at this moment in time to visit in a celebratory fashion," Jenkins said before pivoting. "I know for a fact there are other guys who have dreamed of this opportunity to go to the White House. I think they should have that opportunity.”
Before the Trump era, championship teams visiting the White House was always considered to be a non-partisan event but the President angered many when he criticized NFL players for protesting during the national anthem.
Last year the New England Patriots visited the White House on April 19 and the Eagles released a statement on April 23 this year claiming they were still working out the details of a potential visit.
The new Eagles statement seems to foreshadown the trip to D.C. will include other activities outside the White House visit for the entire team.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen
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