Perhaps the quickest way to put this issue in its proper perspective is first to recognize who’s actually at fault for “disrespecting” a traditional White House event, welcoming this year’s “Super Bowl champs.”
The significance and tradition of inviting sports teams dates back to 1865, when President Andrew Johnson welcomed the Brooklyn Atlantics and Washington Nationals amateur baseball clubs. The event was designed to pay tribute to a team’s accomplishments with all of the ceremonial trimmings, including the singing of our National Anthem.
Fast forward back to the Philadelphia Eagles, who announced after their “Cinderella season,” only 9-player (out of 53) would be coming to the White House, illustrating a clear lack of respect for this President, by the team.
The President’s decision to call off the sideshow of disgruntled and disenfranchised million dollar athletes happened after the team reported that they would send a ”small group” of players.
However “Trump being Trump” told them not to bother tweeting out late Monday, “The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House. Unfortunately, only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event. Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!”
The preemptive strike didn’t sit well with lifelong Democrat, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney who quickly denounced the President’s decision calling him, “not a true patriot” and “a fragile egomaniac!”
Adding in a prepared statement that, “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.”
Astoundingly within the mayor’s prepared text he actually supports the President’s reasoning for calling off the event, in that the “TEAM” (53 players) didn’t “want to attend”…so why the squabble?
The mayor rambled on, “These are players who stand up for the causes they believe in and who contribute in meaningful ways to their community. They represent the diversity of our nation, a nation in which we are free to express our opinions.”
The mayor continued rambling on and on, “The Eagles call the birthplace of our democracy home, so it’s no surprise that this team embodies everything that makes our country and our city great. Their athletic accomplishments on the field led to a historic victory this year. Fans all across the country rallied behind them because we like to root for the underdog and we feel joy when we see the underdogs finally win. I’m equally proud of the Eagles’ activism off the field. These are players who stand up for the causes they believe in and who contribute in meaningful ways to their community. They represent the diversity of our nation, a nation in which we are free to express our opinions.
Another “diversity player” wide receiver Torrey Smith had announced early on he would not attend the White House ceremony, however, felt slighted after hearing the news that the Eagles had been “put-out-to-pasture” by the President said the President “continues to spread the false narrative that players are anti-military.”
Adding that players who wanted to attend “should’ve been able to go,” but canceling the event was “a cowardly act.”
However, the White House will still hold a ceremony on Tuesday for 1,000 Eagles fans, minus the Eagles. The ceremony will actually honor true heroes those individuals who make it possible for million dollar athletes to act like adolescent fools, and in which the President will pay tribute saying he “will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem.”