The Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles are in talks to visit the White House early next month. The White House said Thursday that the team's visit would take place June 5.
The Eagles would be following an annual tradition where major sports champions head to Washington D.C. to visit the White House and the President of the United States.
Such visits have grabbed headlines in past years, with members of the New England Patriots boycotting the visit last year. The NBA’s Golden State Warriors had their invite rescinded by President Donald Trump after several players announced their intentions not to attend the visit.
Since the Eagles recorded the first Super Bowl win in franchise history, a number of players, and now former players, announced their intentions to skip the White House visit, should the team be invited.
Among the members of the team who discussed boycotts were safety Malcom Jenkins, wide receiver Torrey Smith, and defensive end Chris Long, who skipped the event last year as a member of the Patriots. Smith was traded to the Carolina Panthers earlier this year.
Long and Jenkins made headlines together multiple times earlier in the year after Jenkins raised a fist during the National Anthem in the beginning of the season. Eventually, Long stood by his side during the anthem with his arm around him in a show of support and unity.
Jenkins, a Walter Payton Man of the Year finalist, announced he would no longer raise his fist during the anthem in December in after the NFL and the Players’ Coalition made a tentative deal to fund social justice issues.
Jenkins, Smith, and Long were also active in the community and in working with the NFL and state lawmakers to discuss criminal justice reform.
Back in October, just hours after beating the Washington Redskins in a Monday night game, the trio took a train to Harrisburg to meet with state lawmakers.