Another sports related controversy and both sides look petty and weak;
On Monday, President Trump released a statement rescinding the invitation the White House had extended to the NFL Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, noting that some of the players on the Eagles disagreed with Trump’s position that NFL players stand for the national anthem with their hands on their hearts to honor the men and women who have fought for America as well as honoring Americans in general. The statement said, “The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better.”
Born in Philly I have waited my whole life for an Eagles Super-bowl win, I got one this year, I can now die a happy man. But wait, no White House visit, this really blows.
I read the article a few times and I’m still not clear who nixed the visit. From what I gathered, the Eagles were still going to visit tomorrow but was not going to bring a full squad because some of the players 1) Do not like Trump, and 2) Do not like the new NFL rule, which Trump orchestrated all by himself, about the new kneeling rule. So apparently Trump being his petulant self revoked the visit for the entire team, deciding to celebrate with the fans instead.
Ever since Obama was The Man, I have had a few conversations with myself about what I would do if given the opportunity to visit the WH with my championship team. Even if I didn’t like the president, I would go. It is an honor to be invited and to not go because of ideological differences with the current occupier is disrespectful. I would respect those that felt differently but for me, you go. You go because you are representing your team and your home city and you go because sports has been and always will be the great unifier of the masses. Fans go to sporting events to be distracted from our politics and debates about race. We come together, all races, all walks of life, all religions, all income levels, the commonality of cheering for the same team unites us.
For those Eagles players that wanted to attend, what a disappointment, but who do you blame? This is another example of Trump being Trump so you just gotta role with it, but I think it stinks. If half the team wants to come, honor them with the same WH ceremony. It’s not all about the photo-op.
A few thoughts on the new rule; In trying to please everybody, they ended up pleasing nobody. They gave the teams the option of staying in the locker room. You don’t think this is going to look awkward and invoke just as much fan derision as the kneeling? And what about peer pressure. Some players who want to come out will probably be shamed into staying, for solidarity sake, is that fair? And some owners totally weenied out and declared publicly that they would pay the fines, so they are now co-conspirators and willing accessories.
The other thing that I found odd was the public statement Goddell made in implementing these new rules;
We are dedicated to continuing our collaboration with players to advance the goals of justice and fairness in all corners of our society.
How woke of them. So now they are not only in the football business but also in the SJW business. Are they now going to have a public position on income redistribution, taxes, or our national trade policy? Maybe a reparations policy where minorities get tickets half price or free beer, could this be the next phase of their want to advance the goals of fairness and justice?
Long has been outspoken about his contempt for President Trump. Before the 2018 Super Bowl, he announced that if the Eagles won, he would not visit the White House, snapping, “No, I’m not going to the White House. Are you kidding me?” The year before, as a member of the New England Patriots, who won the Super Bowl in 2017, he refused to participate in the White House visit, saying, “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?’“
Sorry but that doesn’t work for me, “Gee, dad, didn’t you tell my that football is a team sport and that your own personal feelings are always subordinate to that of the team as a whole? So you disrespecting those in power because you don’t like them is something I should emulate? I will remember that when dealing with a teacher or a boss I don’t like.”
I can’t imagine the Eagle fans attending the WH gathering tomorrow will be all that thrilled with no real Eagle players in attendance. Why must everything be an ideological battle? All participants in this sad affair deserve a time-out.