Offbeat Ex-Eagles WR Torrey Smith: Trump's cancellation 'a cowardly act'
Panthers WR Torrey Smith's potential impact on Charlotte is much bigger than football
Earlier this month, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith went to church with complete strangers. He wondered on Twitter whether he could join someone in Charlotte, N.C., his new city, at church. The following Sunday, he did just that, tagging along with a young man and his family for worship. Smith's arrival in Charlotte in March was about football. A trade brought him here, a product of the Panthers' need at wide receiver and their hesitancy to enter the inflated free agency market at the position.But because of who Smith is, that arrival can impact the city and the Carolinas in a way that transcends football.
Some members of the Super Bowl champions weren't expected to attend the White House ceremony because of their differences with Trump's policies, but Smith took issue with Trump calling off the entire event, calling it "a cowardly act."
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The ongoing battle between Donald Trump and the NFL added another chapter when the President announced the Philadelphia Eagles’ trip to the White House had been cancelled. The ongoing battle between Donald Trump and the NFL added another chapter when the President announced the Philadelphia Eagles’ trip to the White House had been cancelled. And it appears not many players would’ve showed up anyway.
While Trump said the players disagree with him "because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem," Smith, now a member of the Carolina Panthers, called the president's attempt to "make it about the anthem is foolish."
Former NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart, who once served as press secretary for President Bill Clinton, also took issue with Trump's decision.
"Official statements from the President used to be serious thoughtful expressions of national interest. Now they are childish rants," Lockhart tweeted.
"The latest—if some of the SB champs don’t want to come to the WH, then none of them are invited. POTUS will play with his toys alone tomorrow"
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Majority of Americans say NFL players who kneel during the anthem are 'not unpatriotic' .
A majority of Americans, by a 58% to 35% margin, believe NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem in protest are "not unpatriotic," according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. By a 53-to-43% margin, Americans say professional athletes have the right to protest on the playing field, though 51% of voters said they support the NFL's new policy requiring players to stand. The poll also found that there was a partisan split, with 70% of Republican voters saying taking a knee was unpatriotic, while only 11% of Democratic voters agreed.