Trump keeps up blitz on National Football League players with 'Celebration of America'

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US President Donald Trump escalated a feud with the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday after most team members refused to attend an event honouring their Super Bowl victory in the fallout over Trump's demand that players stand for the national anthem.

"Sports are not a distraction from politics - they are politics by a different means", said University of Southern California sociologist Ben Carrington. "Unfortunately, only a small number of players chose to come, and we canceled the event". "I think it's a shame that most of the coverage of the first lady in the last several weeks has been about conspiracy theories that have no basis in fact", Conway told reporters at a breakfast meeting.

Within minutes of when the White House announced their rescinding of the Eagles invitation to the White House Rep. Brendan Boyle tweeted "The @Eagles are still welcome to visit the US Capitol".

Trump instead went to his go-to play: attacking as un-American the NFL players who have knelt during the national anthem to protest police killings of black men.

For victorious sports teams these days, the confetti and champagne are apt to be accompanied by a politically fraught question: Are you going to the White House?

Asked about allegations from the White House that the Eagles chose to "abandon" their fans and not attend the ceremony as a complete team, Pederson responded: "What you've seen and what you've heard is enough, and I'm not discussing it". This decision by the White House has led to the cancellation of several player-led community service events for young people in the Washington, DC area.

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"We have the best fans in the world".

"We stand to show our love for our fellow citizens and our magnificent Constitution", Trump said.

Veteran defensive end Chris Long, who donated his $1 million salary past year to charity, said the Eagles weren't trying to make a political statement. And that's what I think has been happening up until this point. "What we do is our business and we made a decision as a team".

Despite repeated declarations that their protests - Jenkins raised his right fist during the anthem in the early part of last season - have nothing to do with the military, some continue to push forward with the lie that players are being disrespectful of servicemen and women. "I took him as being in a small room and not being serious about the comments", he said.

"People in Philadelphia shouldn't let this news take away from what that team did".

Melania Trump was last been seen by reporters at a public event on May 10 standing alongside her husband at Joint Base Andrews as the couple greeted three Americans who had been released from prison in North Korea.