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Offbeat Former Eagles player: Obama should invite players over for a BBQ instead

15:46  05 june  2018
15:46  05 june  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Former Philadelphia Eagles player Cris Carter said in a tweet on Monday that former President Obama should invite the Super Bowl champions over for a barbecue after President Trump disinvited the players from visiting the White Hous.

Some Philadelphia Eagles players have been outspoken about the NFL’s new national anthem Jenkins, who along with Long and former Eagles receiver Torrey Smith have worked with “ Over the last two years, I’ve been meeting with legislators, both Republican and Democrat, it don’t matter.

a person wearing a suit and tie © Provided by The Hill Former Philadelphia Eagles player Cris Carter said in a tweet on Monday that former President Obama should invite the team over for a barbecue after President Trump disinvited the players from visiting the White House.

"President Obama should invite the Eagles to his house for a barbecue," Carter said in a tweet.

Carter's remark comes hours after Trump disinvited the Super Bowl championship team to the White House on Tuesday, citing protests during the national anthem.

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Former Eagles player : Obama should invite players over for a BBQ instead msn.com. Standing for the national anthem, removing your hat, putting your hand over your heart, and even singing (if you can hit the high notes) seems like a sacred moment to me, and I’d like to think is it for all of us.

Instead , Trump announced plans to "loudly and proudly play the National Anthem" at the White House on Tuesday. Trump took to Twitter late Monday night, saying that staying in the locker room instead of standing on the field President Obama should invite the Eagles to his house for a barbecue .

"The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. 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," Trump said in a statement late Monday.

"The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better," he continued.

The president said fans of the team would still be invited to the reception "to be part of a different type of ceremony - one that will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem."

Trump has continuously lashed out at players who take a knee during the national anthem at games as a mean to protest social injustices in the U.S.

Leonard: Fly like the Eagles! In copycat NFL, teams needs to follow Philadelphia's lead .
Now would be the best time for the NFL to live up to its reputation as a copycat league. Now would be the best time for the NFL to live up to its reputation as a copycat league.

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