Few Eagles players planned to attend White House event before Trump canceled it: report

Few Eagles players planned to attend White House event before Trump canceled it: report
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Only 10 to 12 members of the Philadelphia Eagles planned to attend a now-canceled White House visit celebrating their Super Bowl win, according to a report by The Washington Post.

The event was abruptly canceled by President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Gov. Ron DeSantis more popular in Florida than Trump Sotomayor accuses Supreme Court of bias in favor of Trump administration MORE on Monday. In his announcement, Trump cited the team's support of national anthem protests. 

"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.

Trump again hit the team on Twitter late Monday for "staying in the locker room" during the national anthem.

The Post reports, however, that while several key players vocally supported the protests, no Eagles actually kneeled during the national anthem last season. 

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Trump's decision to cancel the event and instead host a separate celebration without the team came after some Eagles said following their Super Bowl win that they would not visit the White House if invited.

The announcement has sparked backlash from former Eagles players, including Cris Carter and Torrey Smith

It also prompted Democratic Pennsylvania lawmakers to invite players to the U.S. Capitol for their own celebration of the team's Super Bowl win.

This marks the second time the president has disinvited a championship team from the White House over political differences.

Trump rescinded an invitation to the Golden State Warriors last year after star player Stephen Curry said he probably would not attend.