President Donald Trump's decision to uninvite the Eagles from the White House for a post-Super Bowl visit made its way to late night TV on Tuesday, and it looks like Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah have the Birds' backs.
A guest at President Donald Trump's White House event on Tuesday apparently took a knee during the national anthem. To reconcile the problem, the team owner Jeffrey Lurie reportedly wanted to send a smaller group to "avoid putting his players in a hard spot". Moreover, Trump tweeted that it's just as disrespectful to stay in the locker room as it is to kneel on the field. "The men and women that wanted to go should've been able to go".
The President also noted that numerous Eagles weren't planning to attend the White House ceremony.
Arguably the ultimate irony of all of this is the attempt by Trump press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to lay blame on Eagles players for making this a political stunt. He knelt on the White House lawn while the United States Marine Band played the "Star-Spangled Banner".
None of the Eagles players knelt during the playing of the anthem during the football season, but Trump brought up the anthem protests when he canceled the team's invitation on Monday after many players said they would not attend the celebration.
Defensive end Chris Long, who skipped the trip last year with the New England Patriots and wasn't planning to go again, said he hopes athletes on championship teams in all sports won't have to make the decision in a couple years when Trump's term is up. "I think the fans deserve to see the Eagles with the president".
"I think winning a Super Bowl, a Stanley Cup, a World Series, an NBA Championship or a National Championship is way bigger than getting invited to the White House - especially with him in there, in my opinion". He also withdrew an invitation to the Golden State Warriors after their 2017 National Basketball Association championship, which the president blamed on player Stephen Curry.