After winning Super Bowl LI, the New England Patriots visited the White House on . As of Monday, April 23, it's still not clear when or if the Philadelphia Eagles will make their trip to the White House to celebrate their victory in Super Bowl LII back in February.
On Monday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that the Eagles still haven't committed to making the customary trek to the nation's capitol. They're still discussing the matter.
#Eagles have not committed to a White House visit, but they are discussing it. Given Malcolm Jenkins' role in calling attention to social issues, this is an important discussion. The statement alludes to using the time to engage the White House, rather than skipping it.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 23, 2018
Per The New York Times' Ken Belson and Michael D. Shear, both the White House and the Eagles acknowledged that they've been in communication with each other regarding a potential visit.
"We have been in conversations with the Eagles about timing and are working with them to make it happen," Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said. "We hope to have something finalized in the next couple of weeks."
"We have been in contact with White House representatives and are currently discussing the logistics of an upcoming visit to Washington," a spokesman for the Eagles said. "We are honored to receive this invitation and view this not only as an opportunity to be recognized for our on-field accomplishments, but also as an opportunity to engage in productive dialogue with the leaders of our country."
If the Eagles choose to skip the visit, they won't be the first. After the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship last season, they after he saw that they were hesitating to decide if they would accept an invitation. So, in that sense, it is somewhat surprising to hear that the Eagles and the White House are at least discussing a potential visit considering
Defensive end Chris Long, who played on the Patriots two seasons ago and skipped their White House visit, made it clear that he will not go this year. Running back LeGarrette Blount, who , also played for the Patriots in 2016 and skipped the White House trip because he didn't "feel welcome in that house." Safety Malcolm Jenkins has said that he will not attend a White House visit, Receiver Torrey Smith, , said that his decision to not attend As a team, the Eagles after According to The New York Times, Lurie called the Trump presidency "disastrous" during a private NFL meeting in October.
So if the Eagles do go to the White House, the nature of the visit could be a significant departure from the Patriots' visit a year ago.while coach