Hours after President Trump, one of the team’s Super Bowl-winning players issued a fact check of sorts. The invitation was canceled over what Mr. Trump says is a disagreement on standing during the national anthem.
But wide receiver Torrey Smith, who said previously that he planned to skip the visit, responded with a series of tweets, disputing the president’s rationale.
“So many lies,” he wrote, adding, “Not many people were going to go.”
Indeed, before and after the Super Bowl in February, several Eagles players discussed skipping the White House ceremony. 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. The person spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the decision.
Smith, who played on the Philadelphia team before being traded to the Carolina Panthers in March, disputed the president’s central argument – that Eagles players took a knee in protest during the season.
None of the Eagles took a knee during the anthem in 2017. Cornerback Ron Brooks did take a knee in a preseason game, but he was cut by the team, so he never played a regular season game.
Smith added: “No one refused to go simply because Trump ‘insists’ folks stand for the anthem. … The President continues to spread the false narrative that players are anti military.”
So many lies smh
Here are some facts
1. Not many people were going to go
2. No one refused to go simply because Trump “insists” folks stand for the anthem
3. The President continues to spread the false narrative that players are anti military
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He went on: “There are a lot of people on the team that have plenty of different views. The men and women that wanted to go should’ve been able to go. It’s a cowardly act to cancel the celebration because the majority of the people don’t want to see you. To make it about the anthem is foolish.”
The NFL Players Association weighed in on Tuesday morning, saying the president’s decision to disinvite players “led to the cancellation of several player-led community service events for young people in the Washington, DC area.