Eagles: Torrey Smith, Chris Long and Malcolm Jenkins have said they would boycott White House.— TheQuadrupleMinority (@Quadrant4change) February 5, 2018
I would love it if those who attended, just knelt on the White House Lawn in Protest! Now that would be powerful imagery! pic.twitter.com/Myth7VZmFI
Three players for the Philadelphia Eagles, this year’s Super Bowl champions, have said they will refuse to visit the White House if they are invited by President Donald Trump.
This trend is only going to continue, as we saw happening in 2017 when several New England Patriots players refused to visit the White House after they won the big game.
On Monday, safety Malcolm Jenkins told CNN that if the Eagles are asked to visit the White House, he would decline the invitation.
“I personally do not anticipate attending that,” he said, joining defensive end Chris Long and wide receiver Torrey Smith, who earlier said they would also refuse to travel to Washington, D.C., if the president invited the winning team.
This will mark Long's second time opting out of going to the White House as he skipped last year's visit while he played for the Patriots.
During Monday's interview, he was asked if he had anything to say to the president, to which he replied:
"I don't have a message for the president. My message has been clear all year. I'm about creating positive change in the communities that I come from ... I want to see changes in our criminal justice system.”
Instead of playing politics, Jenkins added, he wants to see effective change in local communities, a goal he’s been working toward for years.
"I want to see us push for economical and educational advancement in communities of color and low-income communities, and I want to see our relationships between our communities and our law enforcement be advanced," he said. "That's what myself and my peers have been pushing for for the last two years, and that's what I'll continue to do."
Ever since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the movement to bring awareness to police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem, the president has been advocating openly against NFL players who kneel.
With so much hate and animosity toward players who refuse to remain silent before the injustice they see happening, we wouldn’t be surprised if more players joined Jenkins, Smith, and Long in the near future.