After the Philadelphia Eagles held off the New England Patriots to win their first ever Super Bowl, President Trump congratulated the team on Twitter, despite several Eagles players already planning to skip the White House visit.
While it is customary for the winning team to visit the White House following the game, according to NJ.com, safety Malcolm Jenkins, wide receiver Torrey Smith and defensive end Chris Long all said they will not be going.
Beginning in October 2017, Trump has clashed with the NFL for telling league owners to suspend or fire players who kneel during the national anthem.
Long said earlier this week that he was not going to attend.
“No, I’m not going to the White House. Are you kidding me? 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 did you go to the White House when you knew the right thing was not to go,” Long said, according to the Washington Post.
This is not the first time sports stars have clashed with the president over the White House visit. Last year, Trump withdrew an invitation to the NBA Champions Golden State Warriors after two time MVP Stephen Curry said he did not want to go.