"My son grows up, and I believe the legacy of our president is going to be what it is, I don't want him to say, 'Hey dad, why'd you go [to the White House] when you knew the right thing was to not go", Long said at the time.
Some members of the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles are the latest to state they will not be partaking in the White House visit in the fall out from their historic title win yesterday. We're very informed about what goes on, and we're trying to continue to educate ourselves. If you want to meet to talk about events in my community, changing the country, I'm all for that.
Another user defended Trump by writing, "the man you are protesting has brought black unemployment to its lowest levels ever recorded, while soldiers stand post thousands of miles away from their families so that you can get paid a lofty salary to catch a football". In the September 12 meetings, the players hoped to better understand the complexities of the criminal justice system.
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Long and Jenkins made headlines together multiple times earlier in the year after Jenkins raised a fist during the National Anthem in the beginning of the season.
"They call it the anthem protest", Smith added. While it has been a long practice of our past chief executives to invite championship teams to visit the White House, the decision is always at the discretion of the president.
Smith himself hasn't taken a knee this year, but he did refer to former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick as a "genius" for doing what he did because "people talked about it in a way that we never heard and he never hurt anyone by doing it". I do think there is room for conversation and you would come away surprised.
The president has been extremely vocal about his displeasure of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem this season as a way of protesting police brutality against people of color. "Are you kidding me?".