Eagles invited to visit White House next month

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Safety Malcolm Jenkins and wide receiver Torrey Smith, now a member of the Carolina Panthers, also said they would skip the trip.

While the team has not made an announcement about whether it will attend, several players have already said they do not intend to take part in the ceremony because of who is in office.

The initial invite was received last month but some players, most notably Chris Long and Malcolm Jenkins, previously said they will not be taking up the chance for the traditional celebration with Trump.

The Eagles appear set to accept an invitation from President Donald Trump to visit the White House on June 5 to celebrate their Super Bowl LII win. "But visiting the White House is not something that I'm interested in doing at this time".

Jenkins spoke with reporters at a charity event he organized in Camden, N.J. He said that he will travel to Washington that day with his teammates but will not go to the White House.

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But based on the Eagles' statement, it seems like they might be planning more than just the customary photo op at the White House.

According to Philly.com, White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Waters confirmed the visit. "I think as a team, we're still discussing what exactly that looks like and we'll see".

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie was among the owners who stood arm in arm with his players during the national anthem after Trump's speech. However Eagles fans responding to a poll on the matter voted 63% in favor of the team showing up on June 5th for their picture. The final round of OTAs runs from June 4-7, leading into the mandatory minicamp in mid-June.

An Eagles spokesperson told ESPN the team considers the invitation an honor, "not only as an opportunity to be recognized for our on-field achievements, but also as an opportunity to engage in productive dialogue with the leaders of our country".

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