The difference now is that for the first time Trump is winning, and the National Football League is in trouble.
"The president decided, the number he focused on is the number of Eagles fans who had already been waived in and secured here to come to the White House". "The issues are the issues". Trust me, no one feels abandoned. And so, that message can't continue to be ignored.
"I think what you're seeing is, I think the athletes are showing patriotism through their community service", Kerr told reporters in response to a question about the Lynx before Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
Kerr said it's important to be clear upon the players reasons for kneeling.
Come Tuesday, a bunch of so-called "Eagles fans" descended on the White House lawn for a replacement event that celebrated the military and the country.More news: Fashion designer Kate Spade found dead, police say
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The team had been deliberating for weeks how to best approach the trip to make it an experience the players could agree on and share together. It's also true that the practice of skipping the White House event isn't new; individual players have opted out of the ceremonies, both under Trump and other past presidents, including Barack Obama.
James said he learned Trump had uninvited the Eagles on his way to the podium and said he hadn't digested the information yet.
According to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House made a decision to call off the event because there was a belief inside the administration that the Eagles were trying to pull some kind of "political stunt". "I think his knee gave out from the tonnage it's holding". "But then ultimately, the decision was to only send a few guys, and then obviously it got cancelled after that". "Are you kidding me?" he said during an interview.
Last month, the NFL announced that it would be instating a new rule requiring players to either stand during the National Anthem or stay in the locker room. Jenkins, though, does not believe it will have an impact on the Players Coalition's efforts. We've been doing work outside of the anthem since the beginning.
Safety Malcolm Jenkins, perhaps the most visible leader in the players' protest against racial injustice, spends his off time riding along with police officers, visiting prisons and meeting with public defenders and lawmakers. "The anthem protests or demonstrations just brought eyes and attention to it".