When President Donald Trump canceled an event with the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, he lamented NFL players who don't stand for the national anthem. He repeated the criticism on Twitter.And while the president didn't actually say outright that Eagles players were kneeling during the national anthem, a lot of people made that jump. And the president wasn't careful to clarify.Eagles players didn't kneel during the national anthem in the 2017 season. One player knelt in the pre-season, but he ended up getting cut before the season started. SEE MORE: NFL Team Chairman Says He'll Pay Fines If Players ProtestThat said, Eagles players have been outspoken in support of players who do kneel. And Philadelphia players criticized the NFL's new policy that requires them to stand during the national anthem if they're on the field.Before its cancellation, a lot of Eagles players had said they weren't going to attend the event at the White House anyway because of the … [Read more...] about No Philadelphia Eagles Players Knelt During The Anthem In 2017 Season
Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins tried a different tactic in speaking about the NFL’s national anthem protests, by holding little sings for the press to read and saying he is tired of people thinking that the players are protesting the flag and our soldiers. During a press conference on Wednesday, Jenkins held a sign that said “you’re not listening” and then held signs featuring statistics about the criminal justice system. Later, Jenkins insisted that the anthem protests are about inequities in the justice system, not about protesting against the country, Pro Football Talk reported.Jenkins complained to ESPN that too many Americans are mischaracterizing the player protests. In an interview with ESPN on Wednesday night, Jenkins said he desires to re-focus the debate on the issues he and other players are advocating for and not the divisive situation that has developed over the protests. I’m tired of the narrative being about the anthem, about the … [Read more...] about Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins: ‘I’m Tired of the Narrative Being About the Anthem’
Earlier this week, we brought you the story of a Kensington corner bar that drew quite a bit of attention because of a "IF YOU'RE NOT PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN, DO NOT BOTHER TO COME IN" sign on its front door. The Old Philadelphia Bar, at East Dauphin and Martha streets, is a standard Philly dive bar complete with boasts of the best "Philly special" beer-and-shot deal in town. The signage was more of a warning about the ambience and clientele inside than the denial of services to those with different political leanings. We put in a call to the bar to discuss the controversial sign on Monday, and on Thursday, the owner Bill Shaw got back to us to discuss it and crack some eggs of knowledge regarding his take on patriotism and his fellow Americans who view it through a different lens. Shaw, who said he's owned the bar for 41 years and lives upstairs, said the lettering went up many months ago. As such, he was surprised about the recent uproar. His impetus plays squarely into this … [Read more...] about Owner of pro-America Kensington bar to Eagles: Grow up, millionaires
While I would love to "stick to sports," unfortunately you now also have to be a political pundit to cover "The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team," after their highly publicized dust up with Donald Trump this week. And so, now that things are calming down again (for now), let's hand out 10 awards from the whole debacle.1) The 'Racial Divider' Award: Donald TrumpTo begin, allow me to state the obvious: Donald Trump couldn't care less about the national anthem. He's an opportunist who knows that self-proclaimed "patriotic Americans" who have zero clue what NFL players' protests are about (mostly police brutality and racial inequality, to be clear) will applaud his rhetoric that the players are aiming to disrespect the flag, the national anthem, the United States military, apple pie, or any other patriotic symbolism one can think of. In November of 2017 (via ESPN), the NFL agreed "to contribute $89 million over seven years to projects dealing with criminal justice reform, law … [Read more...] about Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles’ rescinded White House invite
Get Patriots game stats and the inside scoop on the season with The Boston Globe's Point After newsletter delivered for free to your inbox. Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins did not speak to reporters on Wednesday, but he still managed to get his message across. During the Eagles’ first media availability since President Donald Trump canceled the White House ceremony for the Super Bowl champs, Jenkins did not answer questions, preferring to instead hold up a series of posters to get his message across. One poster commended Patriots Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon, Matthew Slater, and Johnson Bademosi for lobbying to raise the age from 7 to 12 entering the criminal justice system. Other signs read: ■ “You aren’t listening’’ ■ “Chris Long gave his entire year’s salary to educational initiatives’’ ■ “More than 60% of people in prison are people of color’’ ■ … [Read more...] about Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins didn’t speak to reporters Wednesday. He used posters.