Several members of the Eagles, including safety Malcolm Jenkins - one of the leaders of the Players Coalition - and defensive end Chris Long, said before Trump extended the invitation that they would not attend if invited.
During their coverage, however, the network misrepresented photos of the team to make it look like their players knelt for the national anthem past year. The White House said that they would "loudly and proudly play the National Anthem" during the event reported the Hill.
Some NFL players have chosen to kneel during the national anthem the last two seasons to protest social injustice. He declined to provide information on how things escalated to the White House accusing players of abandoning their fans by deciding to not attend.
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The Eagles were prepared to carry on with the visit with a smaller delegation from the team, but the White House instead chose to cancel their invitation altogether. "Honoring America! NFL, no escaping to Locker Rooms", the president tweeted.
Trump previously stated that he agreed with the NFL's decision but, in a tweet on Tuesday, wrote: "Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling". "The men and women that wanted to go should've been able to go".
The White House said it made attempts to reschedule the event and work with the franchise to accommodate a smaller group of players. Many players from the team were not planning on attending the ceremony as a protest of Trump, his policies and his outspoken criticism of players who chose to kneel during the anthem. At least one specifically cited the president's criticism of players who kneel.
"Separately, the president sees that the National Football League came out with its own policy".
Warriors point guard Steph Curry, who has led his side to a 2-0 NBA Finals lead, said that just like last year, his team will not be attending the White House if manage to claim this year's title.