The parade of disrespect towards the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles continued on Monday. President Donald Trump released a statement on Monday evening rescinding his invitation to honor the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
Trump’s decision was announced due to the Eagles not making a full effort to visit The White House on Tuesday. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie planned to send a much smaller contingent to Washington due to the team’s indecision and apparent lack of desire to attend the ceremony.
The explanation for Trump’s decision in the release stemmed from a thought that the Eagles did not want to attend because he wanted them to stand for the National Anthem and they didn’t:
“They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country. The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better.”
Of course, there is a major logic flaw in Trump’s statement. The Philadelphia Eagles had zero players kneel for the anthem last season including Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long, whom have been vocal about the real social justice issues surrounding the debate.
Shortly after Trump’s statement, Torrey Smith, who is a member of the Carolina Panthers but played for the ’17 Eagles sent a tweet regarding his feelings about attending and why the trip was really canceled.
Smith is dead on about one thing in particular. The whole reason the anthem debate developed was because of the need to draw awareness to racial injustice. Instead, this issue has devolved into a story about disrespecting the anthem and military, which is not even remotely close to the truth.
Trump’s sizable logic hole only leaves a few plausible theories on what happened:
- The Eagles didn’t want to show. Trump’s response was to uninvite them because people not wanting to show up to see him makes #45 seem incredibly uncool and unimportant.
- Trump is upset because he missed an opportunity to use the National Anthem as a political football with players, who actively have an opinion on social justice issues.
- He is upset these players did not view his invitation as an honor. He wants everybody or nobody. He is just using the anthem as a crutch to mask his insecurities.
- The rumored number of 10 people coming is embarrassing to the leader of the free world.
Somewhere, the real truth lies within those reasons.