The President canceled the event after some Eagles players said they would not be attending anyway because of the President’s stance on the National Anthem protests.
Today we heard from Eagles fans and a former player, and no surprise, the feelings are mixed.
A couple dozen Eagles fans loaded up on a bus this morning in York County to go to the White House. Although they will not see the Eagles, some plan on making the best of the situation.
“In some ways the plan got better. Now we get to spend more quality time with the President,” said Douglas Henry of Lebanon County. “I am disappointed that the eagles made the decision that they did but I think we will turn lemons into lemonade.”
The calling off of the White House visit was a hot topic on the abc27 Facebook page. Heather wrote, “From what I heard he uninvited them because a lot of them said they weren’t going, so he was afraid to have a small turnout.”
Susan wrote, “Good for Trump. It is an honor to be in to be invited to the White House and when you show up you respect the host.”
Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant was in Harrisburg attending a Dairy Month rally at the state capitol, here’s what he had to say on the issue.
“They chose as a team and I respect their decision,” said Avant. “I will let the White House and the Eagles worry about the political stuff.”
Avant says the national anthem issue has been divisive nationwide, but the Eagles winning the Super Bowl did a lot for the city of brotherly love.
“I was there in the community seeing everyone happy and jubilant and bringing people together and that is what the Super Bowl did for Philadelphia and that is what I remember and I don’t want to take home divisive thoughts I want to take positivity and that is what the eagles did this year,” said Avant.