Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Anthem row: Trump scraps event

Anthem row: Trump scraps event

He also withdrew an invitation to the Golden State Warriors after their 2017 National Basketball Association championship, which the president blamed on player Stephen Curry.

During an interview after the new NFL policy was announced, Trump praised the league for doing "the right thing". "You have to stand, proudly, for the national anthem or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there, maybe you shouldn't be in the country". A military band and chorus delivered the Star-Spangled Banner and God Bless America, with brief Trump remarks sandwiched in between.

Trump did not mention the Eagles. "Maybe it's about time that we understood".

All-Pro center Jason Kelce said players filled out forms anonymously indicating whether they wanted to go to the White House, not make the trip or go to Washington and do something else.

Trump, though, walked that back Monday.

The rumors swirling around about the first lady's disappearance from the public spotlight included speculation that she was seriously ill, that there was trouble in the Trump marriage, that she had fled back to NY, or that she was recovering from plastic surgery. But the 1,000 or so who came to the event were a suspicious group of football fans: nearly all in business suits and only a few wearing Eagles paraphernalia.

She says, "if this wasn't a political stunt by the Eagles franchise, then they wouldn't have planned to attend the event and then backed out at the last minute".

President Trump has disinvited this year's Super Bowl winners, the Philadelphia Eagles, from a victory celebration at the White House Tuesday.

Fox & Friends concluded by mocking the Eagles players for having to practice instead of going to the White House party.

There she was, outside the White House walls.

An Eagles player, Chris Long, criticized the policy, tweeting a statement that said "this is not patriotism".

"In other words", she added, "the vast majority of the Eagles team made a decision to abandon their fans".

U.S. President Donald Trump cancelled a White House celebration in honour of National Football League (NFL) champions Philadelphia Eagles after several of its players and coaches made a decision to not attend the event.

The Eagles, without naming Trump or directly referencing the White House, released their own statement late Monday night: "It has been incredibly thrilling to celebrate our first Super Bowl Championship".

One of the people set to attend the ceremony told The Associated Press less than half of the team's 53-man roster planned to go.

In a video posted to Twitter by a correspondent for SVT, the Swedish national public TV broadcaster, a man, wearing a light blue button down, can be seen kneeling as the national anthem played, before clapping and ultimately coming to his feet after the song finished.

"I'm not surprised. It's typical of him", James, the Cleveland star, said Tuesday of Trump's decision to cancel.

The mayor was referring to deferments Trump obtained during the Vietnam War for his college education and for bone spurs in his heels. "In requiring a minimum of six regular season wins our goal is to support the significance of the bowl season and provide our fans around the country with the most exciting games featuring our leading Pac-12 teams".

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