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NFLPA issues statement on Trump canceling Eagles’ White House visit

The NFLPA on Tuesday morning issued a statement in which it expressed disappointment over President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind the invitation to the Philadelphia Eagles to celebrate their Super Bowl LII win with a ceremony at the White House.

The statement was transmitted via Twitter courtesy of NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. It’s noted in the statement that several “player-led community service events for young people in the Washington, DC area” were canceled due to the White House’s decision to call off the ceremony.

Trump on Monday evening tweeted that the Eagles were no longer welcome at the White House for Tuesday’s planned ceremony, citing the ongoing national anthem protest controversy as the reason.

Reports surfaced that the Eagles were expected to only send a contingent of perhaps fewer than 10 players to the ceremony, something that presumably inspired Trump to some extent to cancel the event.

Trump returned to Twitter to weigh in on the issue Tuesday morning, noting in one tweet that arrangements were being made to hold another ceremony honoring the anthem in the place of the Eagles’ canceled visit.

Trump mentioned in a subsequent tweet now many other teams have previously attended White House ceremonies.

Several Eagles players had already gone on record to state they did not plan to attend the ceremony — although other players indicated otherwise — which of course was to come amid Trump’s ongoing criticism of the NFL over the anthem issue, not to mention how the President has on occasion weighed in on issues, political or otherwise, currently occurring in other professional sports.

In light of the cancellation, the Eagles instead will hold an OTA practice, per Rapoport.