It wasn’t long ago that when a sports team was invited to the White House to shake the President’s hand, they went and showed respect and enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime experience. Party politics didn’t matter — it was all about respect.
Fast-forward to today, a time when NFL players who literally make millions of dollars per year for throwing around a ball and still call themselves “oppressed.” Not only that, but now they openly oppose Republicans because it’s the hip and trendy thing to do for the urban fans.
The first player from a Superbowl-bound team, Chris Long, just fired the first shot at Trump’s White House invitation…
Aside from Amazon’s Alexa, not many are taking the Philadelphia Eagles over the New England Patriots this Superbowl Sunday. But at least one Eagle’s player is looking beyond the game and making it clear that he will boycott the ceremonial visit to the White House in the event of a win because of President Donald Trump.
Defensive end Chris Long told Barstool Sports that he he has no intention of visiting the White House. “No, I’m not going to the White House,” he said on the “Pardon My Take” podcast. “Are you kidding me?”
Long played for the Patriots last season. After the team took home the Vince Lombardi trophy, Long, along with several other players, refused to participate in the White House visit.
“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 of last year’s planned White House visit.
Long has been a vocal social justice warrior within the league. Last season, the defensive end was applauded by former president Barack Obama for donating his salary to scholarships in Charlottesville, his hometown, and to educational programs promoting “equality.” He also put his arm around teammates who chose to take a knee during the nation anthem, showing off his woke solidarity.
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