Trump Drops Philadelphia Eagles White House Invite over Anthem Protest

(From BBC News)

President Donald Trump has cancelled the annual Super Bowl champions’ White House visit after most players from the winning team did not want to attend.

He said the Philadelphia Eagles players disagreed with his view “that they proudly stand for the National Anthem”.

But team members have not confirmed this is the reason they are boycotting.

According to the Associated Press news agency, no Eagles player knelt during the anthem in 2017. The team has not addressed the White House issue directly, but one player, Malcolm Jenkins, said he wanted “to avoid being used as any kind of pawn”.

The NFL voted in May to make players on the pitch stand for the anthem.

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