The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly are going to be visiting the White House next month.
According to WPVI-Channel 6 in Philadelphia, the Super Bowl champions are scheduled to be honored there on Tuesday, June 5.
Exact details have not been confirmed.
“We have been in contact with White House representatives and are currently discussing the logistics of an upcoming visit to Washington,” the Eagles told ESPN last month. “We are honored to receive this invitation and view this not only as an opportunity to be recognized for our on-field achievements but also as an opportunity to engage in productive dialogue with the leaders of our country.”
Not everyone will be meeting with President Donald Trump, however.
Eagles defensive ends Brandon Graham and Chris Long, and safeties Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod were among those who said after the Eagles’ 41-33 victory over New England in Super Bowl LII that they would not visit the White House.
Long did not attend the Patriots’ ceremony at the White House after their win over Atlanta in Super Bowl LI.
“I don’t want to take away from anybody’s experience or make it a big distraction,” Jenkins said in February after the Super Bowl. “It’s a celebratory event, and I want the guys who choose to go or whatever to enjoy that. Me personally, because it’s not a meeting or a sit-down or anything like that, I’m just not interested in the photo op.
“Over the last two years, I’ve been meeting with legislators, both Republican and Democrat, it don’t matter. If you want to meet to talk about events in my community, changing the country, I’m all for that. But this isn’t one of those meetings, so I’ll opt out of the photo opportunity.”
President Trump drew the ire of many NFL officials and players when he criticized the league for not punishing the players who chose to sit or kneel during the playing of the national anthem.
Jenkins stood with his right fist raised for most of the past two seasons before the Players Coalition, of which he was a co-founder, reached an agreement with the league to donate to various causes such as criminal justice reform and education.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say: ‘get that son of a (gun) off the field right now,” Trump said in a speech last September. “’He’s fired. He’s fired.’”
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie was among the owners who stood arm in arm with his players during the national anthem after Trump’s speech.
Various championship teams have taken different approaches. The Patriots visited the White House after their win. After the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship last season, President Trump withdrew an invitation before the team could decide whether to attend.
The Houston Astros, the 2017 World Series champions, took their trip to the White House last March, but Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltran, both natives of Puerto Rico, did not attend.