Ex-Eagle: Trump is ‘missing an opportunity to move forward’
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Former Philadelphia Eagles player Donté Stallworth said on Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats slide in battle for Senate Trump believes Kushner relationship with Saudi crown prince a liability: report Christine Blasey Ford to be honored by Palo Alto City Council MORE was "missing out on a really big opportunity" to move forward by disinviting the Super Bowl champions from the White House, citing protests during the national anthem. 

"These guys from the Philadelphia Eagles have been working on a number of criminal justice reform issues, they've been working on a number of policing issues by going on their off days, going to speak with legislators in Pennsylvania, going to speak with police chiefs, and so these players have been proactive, and the president obviously does not agree with the tactics of some players that have been taking a knee," Stallworth told CNN's John Berman on "New Day."


"None of those guys [Eagles players] had taken a knee. So if the president seems to be open to some kind of criminal justice reform, with having Kim Kardashian [West] in last week in the Oval Office to discuss at least one person that's close to her on criminal justice reform," he continued. 

"I think the president is missing out on a really big opportunity here to really bring forth, probably the biggest bipartisan issue in this country, here in Washington, and I think the president is really missing an opportunity to move forward with that," he said. 

Stallworth's comments follow Trump's decision to disinvite the Eagles from the White House on Monday. 

"The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. 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," Trump said in a statement late Monday.

"The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better," he continued.

Trump has repeatedly railed against NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem as a means of protesting racial and social injustice in the U.S.