Trump disinvites Eagles from White House Super Bowl celebration

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Tom Brady skipped a 2015 visit to President Obama's White House after the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl.

- President Donald Trump has called off the Philadelphia Eagles' White House visit Tuesday over the anthem dispute.

Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson spoke to the press Wednesday morning for the first time since President Trump disinvited the Super Bowl-winning team from a White House event.

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Last season, some National Football League players went on one knee during the anthem to protest police shootings of unarmed black men, sparking a controversy.

Last September, the possibility of a White House visit for the National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors broke down after Trump took issue with star guard Stephen Curry saying he would not attend a celebration.

Responding to another tweet from Trump about the celebration on Tuesday, Smith tweeted: "Make sure you know the words, stand tall, and aren't twiddling your fingers around like a kid that can't wait for it to end".

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The 1,000 invited fans are still welcome to come for an event being held in its place that will honor America and the "heroes who fight to protect it".

Within minutes of when the White House announced their rescinding of the Eagles invitation to the White House Rep. Brendan Boyle tweeted "The @Eagles are still welcome to visit the US Capitol". The White House claimed it was told that 81 players and team personnel would participate in ceremony on May 31.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and team officials met with the players and gave them the option to take the trip.

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"If this wasn't a political stunt, then [the team] wouldn't have planned to attend the event and then backed out", Sanders said. Jenkins raised his fist in protest during the national anthem during the team's last season. A large group of players had decided not to attend the White House, according to a report from ESPN.