Torrey Smith won’t visit White House if Eagles win Super Bowl LII
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith joins teammate Chris Long by going on record to state he will not be paying the traditional visit to the White House should the team end up on the winning side in Super Bowl LII.
“We read the news just like everyone else,” Smith said Wednesday at The Mall of America, via NJ.com. “You see Donald Trump tweet something … We have those conversations in the locker room, just like everyone else does in the workplace. We’re very informed about what goes on, and we’re trying to continue to educate ourselves. It’s pretty special to have a group like that of folks that aren’t just socially conscious, but folks who genuinely care about people and care about learning more.
“I’m not saying we’re right about everything, but we’re willing to figure out what is right. We’re willing to work with people to find the best way to move forward, because there are problems and we’re not shy about speaking up about them.”
Smith, along with Long and Malcolm Jenkins, are among the most outspoken players in the Eagles’ locker room, specifically when it comes to social activism.
Smith also was among the countless NFL players who spoke out against President Trump’s controversial comments at rally back in September in Huntsville, Ala. In the speech, Trump suggested how NFL owners should react to players who kneel during the national anthem, saying, “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired. He’s fired!”
In two since-deleted tweets, Smith wrote, “It’s amazing that the most divisive person in this entire country is the President of the United States…he says whatever he wants” and “Patriotism goes beyond a flag and an anthem.”
Trump’s waging all-out war with the NFL arguably puts some players in a tough spot when it comes to honoring an invite to the White House should one be extended. Expect dialogue regarding the issue to continue well beyond the end of Sunday’s game.