U.S. President Donald Trump cancelled a White House celebration in honour of National Football League (NFL) champions Philadelphia Eagles after several of its players and coaches chose to not attend the event.
The Eagles were supposed to be celebrated at the White House Tuesday, but Trump rescinded the invitation citing disagreement over the NFL's national anthem policy. The President said on Monday: "The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team". "I'm not suprised. Typical of him. I'm not surprised, It's typical of him", James told reporters Tuesday.More news: How to watch Golden Knights vs. Capitals
President Donald Trump has framed the decision around the national anthem and his repeated arguments that NFL players should be required to stand on the field when the song is played before games. Last year, his tweet calling Trump a "bum", when he defended Steph Curry and the Warriors' decision not to visit the White House, was the most retweeted post by an athlete of 2017.
The Warriors, who lead Cleveland 2-0 in the best-of-seven series entering game three Wednesday, would likely follow the lead of what they did a year ago when they went to Washington and spent the day with children instead of what would have been a White House trip.More news: Ruthless Nadal breezes into last 16
"We will proudly be playing the National Anthem and other wonderful music celebrating our Country today at 3 P.M., The White House, with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus". Some Warriors said they would not attend a White House ceremony previous year, shortly after Golden State won the NBA Finals. "Pretty sure the way we handled things previous year, kinda stay consistent with that". The Eagles safety, who has been a vocal advocate for social justice, felt like talking wasn't getting his point across.
No Eagles sat or knelt during the National Anthem during the last NFL season, although some did protest by raising their fists.
In an interview with ESPN.com's Tim McManus, Jenkins explained the motivation for his silent press conference: To focus on the issues and not President Donald Trump.More news: Zverev, Dimitrov seek breakthroughs at French Open
"The White House, despite sensing a lack of good faith, nonetheless attempted to work with the Eagles over the weekend to change the event format that could accommodate a smaller group of players", the statement read in part.