White House cancels Philadelphia Eagles’ visit

The Philadelphia Eagles’ visit to the White House has been canceled.The White House announced Monday evening that the team will not be attending a scheduled celebration of its Super Bowl victory, which was planned for June 5.”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 military and the people of our country,” a statement from President Donald Trump read. “The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans 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 States Army Chorus to celebrate America.”Eagles coach Doug Pederson told reporters on May 22 that the team would visit the White House on June 5.In the weeks leading up to this scheduled ceremony, Eagles players and staff members had conversations among themselves regarding how to handle the visit, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported.Owner Jeffrey Lurie did not want to put his players in a tough spot and eventually decided to send a smaller contingent of fewer than 10 players, one that included Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, Garafolo added. Other players were going to have an optional day at the team facility.It was also suggested that the entire Eagles organization travel to Washington, D.C, as a “team trip,” during which some team members visit the White House while others work in the community, meet with lawmakers or go sightseeing.The Eagles are currently in the midst of four days of organized team activities.Eagles teammates Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long had previously said they will not attend the celebration. Former Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith also said he did not plan to attend.

Question of the Day

June 19

Q: They say doing this at work helps you be more productive… A: Complain with co-workers (especially about the boss!)

June 18

Q: About 1/3rd of people don’t think they could do this simple maintenance on their car… A: Add windshield washer fluid

June 15

Q: Just over 50% of dads insist they do this chore more than mom… A: Grocery shopping