‘Sorry!’: Trump Cancels Eagles’ White House Super Bowl Trip After Players Refused to Come

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl trip to the White House has been canceled after less than half the team agreed to attend.

The annual celebration, which was set to take place that day, was canceled because only about 10 players said they would go to the White House, according to USA Today.

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Trump tweeted that the Eagles team was invited to the White House but that “only a small number of players decided to come,” so the event was called off. 

“Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling,” he concluded. “Sorry!” 

The White House released a statement ahead of Trump’s tweet, which said the Eagles wanted to send a “smaller delegation,” but the “1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better.”  

“They disagree with their president because he insists that they proudly stand for the national anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country,” the statement added. 

In response to the White House’s statement, former Eagles player Torrey Smith tweeted that there are “so many lies” in it. 

He also tweeted that the team is filled with people holding diverse views and argued that the people who wanted to go should have had the opportunity to attend. 

“It’s a cowardly act to cancel the celebration because the majority of the people don’t want to see you,” he said. “To make it about the anthem is foolish.” 

Trump has repeatedly criticized the NFL’s national anthem protests, but according to The Washington Times, not one Eagles player kneeled for the song during the 2017 season.

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