Ex-Philadelphia Eagles player defends former team: Trump made a poor decision


Trump set off a firestorm Monday when he announced there would be no customary White House visit for the Super Bowl champions, alluding to NFL players kneeling for the national anthem and the ensuing controversy last season.

That was his message on Wednesday to a voracious press as he steadfastly declined to entertain questions about President Donald Trump's cancellation of his team's visit to the White House after the team tried to pull a fast one on the chief executive.

"It's typical of him".

"I know regardless of who wins this series, no one wants an invite anyway", James told reporters Tuesday. "Winning [a championship] is way bigger than getting invited to the White House, especially with him in there". "It won't be Golden State or Cleveland going".

The Warriors, in lieu of going to the White House, spent that day taking a group of children to the National Museum of African American History and Culture a few miles away.

Their teams are facing each other in the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season, and Golden State holds a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-seven series. Trump then withdrew the invitation.

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"I think [Pederson] is a good guy".

Last September, Trump withdrew an invitation to the Warriors after they beat Cleveland in last year's final following remarks from Curry saying he didn't want to attend. "Pretty sure the way we handled things past year, kinda stay consistent with that".

"You've got to do what is in the best interest of your team and kind of handle that accordingly, like we did previous year", Curry added. "It's unfortunate but we all have to do what we have to do and the Eagles fall right into that".

Berman noted that no Eagles players kneeled during the anthem a year ago, but Conway asked to "unpack that separately". Trump cited low Eagles turnout and the new NFL policy that requires players to stand on the field during the national anthem but also gives them a choice to stay in the locker room.

But in a head-scratcher of a stunt during the playing of the national anthem at the Celebration of America, two unidentified attendees knelt, as multiple outlets reported. The Players Coalition, which was founded by Jenkins and former National Football League wideout Anquan Boldin, is gearing up to make a big push on bail reform, so the Eagles trio participated in an hour-and-a-half session with the chief defenders to help formulate an action plan to make the best use of their efforts and influence.