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Super Bowl LII - Philadelphia Eagles v New England Patriots

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The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles’ will not visit the White House as part of their celebration victory.   The visit has been canceled by President Donald Trump due to the controversy over standing for the National Anthem at NFL games.

“The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow,” Trump said in a statement. “They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country. The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better.”

It’s an unprecedented move by Trump. The NBA champion Golden State Warriors declined an invitation from the President to visit the White House after winning the 2017 championship, but presidents typically honor their invitations to championship teams. Players also have refused those invitations in the past — Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas declined to visit the White House in 2012 over disagreements with President Barack Obama‘s policies.
The President typically invites the champions of major professional and college sports to the White House for a visit as a part of their victory celebrations.
Source:  CNN.com