Eagles to reportedly accept invitation to visit the White House

From NBC 10 Philadelphia

From NBC 10 Philadelphia

The initial invite was received last month but some players, most notably Chris Long and Malcolm Jenkins, previously said they will not be taking up the chance for the traditional celebration with Trump.

The Super Bowl LII champion Philadelphia Eagles have been invited to the White House for a visit on June 5, per WPVI Action News. He did not visit President Donald Trump's White House past year, either, after he won Super Bowl LI with the New England Patriots. "But visiting the White House is not something that I'm interested in doing at this time".

"We have been in contact with White House representatives and are now discussing the logistics of an upcoming visit to Washington".

According to Philly.com, White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Waters confirmed the visit. "I think they should have that opportunity".

Players cited various reasons for their refusal - in particular, President Trump's controversial race relations and his recommendation to the NFL to fire players who took a knee during the national anthem.

"It's one of those things that it's no different than a troll on social media", Jenkins said back in September. It's nothing new for me. "It's a celebratory event, and I want the guys who choose to go or whatever to enjoy that".

But based on the Eagles' statement, it seems like they might be planning more than just the customary photo op at the White House.

The date, June 5, could be an issue as the Eagles will be in the middle of a voluntary OTA during that time.

While that may be the case, head coach Doug Pederson canceled one of their OTAs last spring so the team could take part in a team-building paintball excursion. A couple Eagles declined to officially comment whether they'd be at the June meeting - we'll just have to stay tuned.

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