Football Fans Puzzled After Philadelphia Eagles Uninvited to White House

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LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Championship sports teams visiting the White House is a tradition dating back to the 1800s.

Sometimes athletes skip the visit, but this time, President Trump took matters into his own hands and uninvited the Philadelphia Eagles.

The president said via Twitter Monday night that the visit was canceled due to controversy over standing for the national anthem.

"Eagles were not one of the teams that kneeled down or disrespected the national anthem," Rosellen Wenzel said.

Newswatch 16 spoke with Eagles fans about the White House visit.

"Well, when I read the article, I thought it was very unfortunate. I think that all the championship teams should go," Wenzel said.

The White House put out a statement saying the Eagles did not plan the whole team, only a smaller delegation of players.

"That's kind of ridiculous. I mean, if the 10 wanted to go, in my opinion, President Trump should have said, 'Come on. We'll stand there and I'll reward you,'" Robert Slothus said.

"I really don't like the Eagles," James from Williamsport said. He's a Dallas Cowboys fan and believes President Trump made the right call.

"But he's still having a party at 3 p.m. for the fans. It's all about the fans. As far as uninviting them, I think he did the right thing," James said.

One thing people agree on? They wish politics would stay out of sports.

"I think it's too political and they're forgetting what it's all about," Wenzel said.

"There are too many YouTube movements out there. Everything is a movement these days. Let's get back to basics," Wenzel said.

Instead of welcoming the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House, President Trump held an event Tuesday afternoon to celebrate America.


  • Lance Grach

    The president didn’t start thw bs about the national anthem most Americans agree with you should be standing. As for the 10 players that declined to come they are to blame. He invited the. Team not some of them. They should have put their petty disagreement aside for one. Moment for their fans. If they had an ounce of brains between them they could have told him why they do it.

  • J (@ds18301)

    BTW, my last response was to Mr. JimBrony. While we disagree, I certainly appreciate that he presents a relatively considered and nuanced point of view — not just repeating the Fox/Limbaugh/AJones talking points.

    • Silverfish Imperetrix

      Thank you Mr. Holmes, but my reading comprehension enabled me to figure that out all on my own. It also enables me to see through all of your BS and challenge you every time you post it here.

  • J (@ds18301)

    This so called called “patriot” (what a laugh), couldn’t even get through half the words to “God Bless America” yesterday (watch the video — it says it all). What a joke. This job is just about ego and money to him at the expense of the country. — once a con man always a con man. Of course the tragedy is that his supporters are so ignorant to the fact that 1) he can’t stand them (you) (do you ever see him around the poor folks (you) except at one of his H*itler rallies?) and 2) his policies hurt you the most (spent you paltry (and temporary) tax decrease yet on higher gas yet? You ain’t seen nothing once the coming trade war gets going. Oh and ask the Carrier workers, to whom he made his grandiose pompous “promises”, how things worked out for them. Sad.

    • jimbrony

      So the measure of a patriot these days is knowing all the words to patriotic songs? Give us a break – even so-called professional singers bungle the Star Spangled Banner. Unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in 18 years (USA Today) and minority unemployment is the lowest since 1972 (Essence). The present administration is maintaining efforts from the previous administration to keep minorities employed. That’s right, I give credit where it’s due. Housing starts are up (CNBC) and the stock market remains strong. Hate all you want, our President is a businessman that is winning despite the actions of a bunch of whiners and petulant children like yourself. By all means though, keep up the hate and vitriol. It’s quite amusing.

      • J (@ds18301)

        Sorry but each one of your stats are a simple extrapolation of the Obama recovery. With the expected 1-3 trillion $ new deficit from the billionaire tax cuts (see Forbes, CBO etc), the decimation of health insurance by trump/GOP, steeply rising gas prices, the coming trade wars you better hang on to your seat belts. This man-child has brought complete disgrace to our country and to the Presidency. He has drained the swamp and replaced it with a stinking cesspool of billionaires, foreign entities and good old fashioned third-world type corruption. Dow Chemical pays a million dollars for inauguration party and first week gets its new carcinogenic pesticide approved. This list is enormous. And who will get sick from this and the decimation of the EPA and then not have health care? The working poor “trumpists” who can’t even see past their blind support based on the Fox/Limbaugh noise machine stirring up racial/gun/abortion paranoia. It is a sad day in America when you can’t even have your children listen to the words/lies of this p**sy grabbing, lying president. Sadder yet, is that we come to expect him to lie — it is no longer an event. If Obama had done any one of his antics, you would have been at the White House with torches and pitchforks.

      • jimbrony

        How do you live with yourself and even function carrying all your hate? Reading comprehension problem? I gave the Obama administration credit. Gas prices have gone up since forever. The only people that have brought disgrace to our country are the ‘resisters’ like yourself that have no respect for the office. Were you as outspoken against Bill Clinton with his antics in the Oval Office? I doubt it. Talk to me in a few years but in the mean time, let me know how you like your crow prepared-because you’ll be eating lots of it.

      • Silverfish Imperetrix

        The “Obama recovery”? You mean when his Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew, said in 2015 that America should get used to around 2% GDP growth yearly FOR GOOD? The modern-era president with the consistently lowest GDP numbers in history? Obama was too busy wrecking American society to give a damn about hard numbers and economic growth, as were all of his appointees. His trillion-dollar stimulus was an abject failure (shovel-ready jobs), as was his “investing” taxpayer monies in solar panel companies that all went bankrupt. He was another idiot Democrat that thought throwing money at a recession would make it go away, but in reality only prolongs it, like FDR’s New Deal. (BTW, the cause of the housing collapse was the Dodd-Frank bill that President Trump is undoing right now.) You have a short memory about “steeply rising gas prices” too, when they rose to $4 a gallon in 2014 and the press covered for Obama yet again. Keep calling President Trump ‘H*itler’, champ…it’s so original.

      • J (@ds18301)

        “Trickle Down” economics has NEVER worked. Trump and the GOP have set the stage for an even bigger melt-down than Bush’s. The largest deficit growth EVER coupled with the recent repel of banking regulations is a time-tried witch’s brew for disaster. So much for “conservatism.” But trump and the GOP blow the dogwhistle of race/religion/guns etc and you all go running…Of course you don’t speak to any of his abhorrent moral issues… Any dictator who proclaims “he can pardon himself” must be hiding some pretty nasty stuff — beyond the impeachable offenses already exposed….You say “hate” and “vitriol”, I call it patriotism and care for the well-being of my fellow citizens — unlike the current pres/GOP.

    • AMJoy Fan

      As leader Nancy Pelosi correctly observed strong employment numbers mean little to the families hit with soaring new costs under the Republicans’ watch. Trump’s cruel, cynical health care sabotage campaign is spiking families’ premiums by double digits and the “Trump tax scam” is enriching Big Pharma executives and shareholders instead of lowering prescription drug costs for seniors and sick children. History will consider these actions criminal! #impeachtrump

  • Jim Burnetti

    President #Pornohontas is making crap up again. ZERO, ZILCH, NADA Eagles knelt during the National Anthem. #CadetBoneSpurs got upset when some of the cool kids said they didn’t want to go to the #Narcissist’s Party.

    • jimbrony

      Some pretty nice photos of Ron Brooks taking a knee last year. Doesn’t look like he’s praying either. Or his teammates with their fists in the air. Just sayin’…

  • Silverfish Imperetrix

    80 members of the Eagles (and 1000 fans) accepted RSVPs and at the last minute only 10 said they’d show up? The President definitely did the right thing and stopped them dead in their tracks. I think attendance and viewing will be down even more this coming season.

  • AMJoy Fan

    Well, he might be distracted by other things. Today staff of two respected publications, Rolling Stone and The Atlantic have suggested that he might be abusive toward Melina

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