Posted April 24, 2018 at 06:29 AM | Updated April 24, 2018 at 06:29 AM
By Eliot Shorr-Parks | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
On Monday, the Eagles acknowledged that they are in talks with White House officials on a potential trip to celebrate their Super Bowl LII victory with a visit to the White House and President Donald Trump.
As expected, the news led to plenty of reaction from their fan base, who were torn on the idea of their favorite team visiting President Trump.
Here is a sampling of what fans had to say on the Eagles potentially visiting the White House:
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According to a Twitter poll, Eagles fans were essentially split on whether the Eagles should accept the invitation from the White House for a visit.
As of Monday night, a poll with just over 1,500 votes leaned slightly against the Eagles accepting the invitation to the White House, with 58% of the fans stating the team should pass. Those who disagreed also had some strong reaction to the possibility of the Eagles going.
Before we get into those reactions, however, here is what some of the players who were on the Eagles’ Super Bowl team had to say about potentially visiting the White House.
Malcolm Jenkins on a potential visit
“I don’t want to take away from anybody’s experience or make it a big distraction. It is a celebratory event. I want the guys who chose to go to enjoy that. There are a lot of veterans who attend that, that are fans of ours, that want to enjoy it. Me personally, because it is not a meeting or a sit down or anything like that, I’m just not interested in the photo op. So I am choosing not to go for the photo op. Over the last two years I have been meeting with legislators, both republican and democrat. Don’t matter — if you wanna meet to talk about advancing our communities, changing our countries, I am all for that. This isn’t one of those meetings. So I’ll opt out of the photo opportunity,” — safety Malcolm Jenkins to NJ Advance Media in February
Chris Long doesn’t sound very interested
“No. I’m not going to the White House. Are you kidding me?,” defensive end Chris Long on Pardon My Take podcast in February.
Long also said, per the Washington Post: “[When] my son grows up, and I believe the legacy of our president is going to be what it is, I don’t want him to say, ‘Hey Dad, why’d you go [to the White House] when you knew the right thing was to not go?”
Torrey Smith likely not going either
“For me, it is not just about politics. If I told you I was invited to a party by an individual that I believe is sexist, or has no respect for woman, or I told you this individual has said many offensive things to many minority groups, and I don’t feel comfortable by it. This individual also called my peers and my friends ‘S.O.B.’s’, you would understand why I wouldn’t want to go to that party. Why is it any different when this person has the title of President of the United States? It is really that simple to me. I don’t think it is something that I personally feel inclined to be involved with. It is just my personal opinion.” — wide receiver Torrey Smith, now with the Carolina Panthers, to CNN in February.