Doug Pederson confirms Eagles will visit White House; Carson Wentz to attend
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson confirmed on Tuesday that the team pay a visit the White House on June 5 after being formally invited last week to celebrate their Super Bowl LII victory. Carson Wentz also indicated in light of the decision, he will opt to attend as well.
“I don’t view it as a political thing whatsoever,” Wentz said ahead of the Eagles’ first OTA practice Tuesday, via NJ.com. “I don’t mess with politics very often.”
Just last week, the invitation was made official by White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters.
“President Trump looks forward to welcoming the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House on June 5 to celebrate their Super Bowl LII win,” Walters said in a statement.
The Eagles also confirmed last week that the official invite had been extended.
However, it remains to be seen how many Eagles players will decline the invitation. Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long have both indicated they would not go, as did Torrey Smith, who is now with the Carolina Panthers.
Long, who also skipped the New England Patriots’ White House visit in 2017, was perhaps the most forthright when explaining how he intended to do the same with the Eagles.
Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles previously stated he would consider paying a visit to the White House. Meanwhile, Jason Kelce and Fletcher Cox declined to commit when asked prior to the invitation being formally extended.
Donald Trump of course has become a polarizing figure in the world of sports during his presidency, highlighted by his waging war on the NFL over the anthem protest controversy. Suffice to say, invitation to visit the White House to celebrate a championship have become that much more complex and controversial in all sports.