President Donald Trump abruptly canceled the Philadelphia Eagles’ go to to the White House lower than 24 hours earlier than it was scheduled to happen. Initially it was as a result of the staff wasn’t patriotic sufficient.
“The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full workforce to be celebrated tomorrow,” Trump stated in a press release. “They disagree with their President as a result of he insists that they proudly stand for the Nationwide Anthem, hand on coronary heart, in honor of the nice women and men of our army and the individuals of our nation. The Eagles needed to ship a smaller delegation, however the 1,000 followers planning to attend the occasion deserve higher.”
It was painfully apparent to anybody with a functioning cerebellum that this wasn’t the actual cause, as no Eagles participant knelt throughout the enjoying of the nationwide anthem final season. A couple of hours later, Trump owned up to the actual motivating think about canceling the photograph-op: To save lots of himself from a probably embarrassing low turnout.
Fewer than 10 gamers deliberate to attend the meet-and-greet, in accordance to Philly.com, a spartan group as compared to different groups who’ve visited 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. One thing which may mirror poorly on the president.
Once more, no Eagles participant stayed in the locker room for the enjoying of the nationwide anthem in 2017. Some might choose achieve this in 2018, however absent a crystal ball, nobody might actually know that.
The White House is forging on with an Eagles-much less occasion this afternoon sure to delight all Eagles followers. There can be patriotic music and no retreat obtainable to those that want to escape to, uh, metaphorical locker rooms.
Trump can also be taking the alternative this morning to point out another sports groups he didn’t cancel on abruptly.
And that’s the news this morning. All the time unpredictable in the particulars however very predictable in the messaging. In case you are a type of NFL followers who thought it potential for the league to thread the needle and proceed on with all sides completely satisfied regardless of a raging tradition warfare, you have been mistaken. Should you’re an NFL proprietor who thought giving in to the president or a nationwide anthem compromise would cease the cycle of controversy, that additionally seems to be a bit silly on reflection.
That is the NFL now. Get used to it as a result of the sideshow isn’t going away any time quickly, and will get extra outrageous.