by Daveda Gruber:
The mayor of Philadelphia was not happy with President Trump’s decision to disinvite the Super Bowl Champion Eagles from the White House on Monday.
Mayor Jim Kenney called Trump “not a true patriot” and “a fragile egomaniac” after the Eagles were disinvited from the ceremony set for Tuesday.
This comes amid the ‘kneeling during the national anthem’ controversy.
Trump said the team is “unable” to attend because they don’t share his view that NFL players should “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.”
Saying, in a statement, Kenney criticized the president in severe language saying that “Disinviting them from the White House only proves that our president is not a true patriot, but a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and afraid of the embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend.”
The mayor said he’s proud of the team’s achievements on and off the field.
He said, “These are players who stand up for the causes they believe in and who contribute in meaningful ways to their community. They represent the diversity of our nation — a nation in which we are free to express our opinions.”
The Eagles, who won Super Bowl LII in February, wanted to go to the White House in some capacity. The team reportedly wanted to send a small group of players.
The president decided to disinvite the whole team.
The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House. Unfortunately, only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event. Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2018
Eagles Brandon Graham, Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long and Torrey Smith previously stated they would not attend the ceremony.
Torrey Smith is a wide receiver who played for the Eagles during the 2017 season. He attacked the president’s decision and said he “continues to spread the false narrative that players are anti military.”
Smith added that the players on the team have wide-ranging views and anyone who wanted to attend the White House “should’ve been able to go,” but canceling the event was “a cowardly act.”
The White House will still hold a ceremony on Tuesday. It will be for a group of 1,000 fans.
Trump said he “will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem.”
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