D.C.’s youth will be deprived of community service events because the White House cancelled Tuesday’s White House reception for the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) says.
On Monday, the White House replaced the scheduled Tuesday afternoon reception with a celebration of America, its veterans, and the National Anthem - because several Eagles players refused to attend in order to protest Trump’s presidency and call for players to respectfully honor America during the playing of the National Anthem before games.
Tuesday morning, the NFLPA issued a statement expressing disappointment in the change, saying it will deprive the youth of the Nation’s Capital the appearance of players at community service events they would have attended if they were in town:
“Our union is disappointed in the decision by the White House to disinvite players from the Philadelphia Eagles from being recognized and celebrated by all Americans for their accomplishment. This decision by the White House has led to the cancellation of several player-led community service events for young people in the Washington, DC area.”
The statement closes by claiming that, despite the disrespect some players have exhibited towards the National Anthem and the president of the United States, they are still patriotic:
“NFL players love their country, support our troops, give back to their communities and strive to make America a better place.”