The National Football League’s latest Hail Mary in the anthem-kneeler fiasco seemed to appease many of America’s more vociferously patriotic football fans, after more than a year of constant controversy.
Not President Trump however, whose populist agenda has found a bit of a surrogate in the current fight over the NFL’s National Anthem policies.
Americans are ready to make their country great again, and they would hope to have everyone on board, including NFL players whose salaries and notoriety make them excellent candidates for positive change within their communities and beyond. Unfortunately, instead of jumping on the great again train, a great many of these well-paid players are simply following in the footsteps of second string troublemaker Colin Kaepernick who, instead of affecting real change using his status, chose instead to offend the nation’s patriots while simultaneously guaranteeing himself a whole lot of coverage on Sports Center.
Now, even the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles are getting in on the act, attempting to embarrass President Donald Trump by not attending the traditional White House visit that the winners of the big game participate in. Trump wasn’t having it, of course, and canceled the whole event while taking a pot shot at the pedantic players.
Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the team had notified the White House last Thursday that 81 members, including players, coaches and managers would be attending. But she said the team got back in touch late Friday and tried to reschedule, “citing the fact that many players would not be in attendance.” They proposed a time when Trump would be overseas.
Sanders said the White House continued to work with the team over the weekend, but in the end, “the Eagles offered to send only a tiny handful of representatives, while making clear that the great majority of players would not attend the event.”
“In other words,” she added, “the vast majority of the Eagles team decided to abandon their fans.”
The President himself reiterated the message in a tweet as well.
Trump had originally said the event had been scrapped because some Eagles players “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.”
“We will proudly be playing the National Anthem and other wonderful music celebrating our Country today at 3 P.M., The White House, with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus. Honoring America! NFL, no escaping to Locker Rooms!” he tweeted.
That was a challenge to a new NFL policy that requires players protesting racial injustice to stand if they’re on the field during the national anthem or else stay in the locker room.
“Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!” Trump wrote.
No word yet on the possible recovery time of the Eagles’ players after receiving such a brutal smackdown from the Commander in Chief.