Torrey Smith Responds to Donald Trump Disinviting Eagles to White House
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles last season, wants to set the record straight about "lies" coming from the White House.
Smith reacted to the sitting president's decision to rescind an invitation to the Super Bowl champion Eagles to celebrate their victory over the New England Patriots on Tuesday. The receiver pointed out Donald Trump failed to grasp why many Eagles weren't planning on attending and is spreading a "false narrative that players are anti military":
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported fewer than 10 Eagles were planning on going to the White House anyway before Trump decided the invitation was off.This all comes after the NFL enacted a new policy this offseason that gives players the option to remain in the locker room during the anthem but requires those on the field to stand. Trump praised the effort while appearing on Fox & Friends but also suggested those who protested injustices by kneeling shouldn't even be in the United States.
"You have to stand proudly for the national anthem," he said. "You shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there. Maybe you shouldn't be in the country."
The topic was a major talking point during the 2017 season, especially after Trump suggested at a rallyNFL owners should "get that son of a bitch off the field right now" if a player knelt during the anthem.Smith was vocal in his disappointment with the new rule change, telling David Newton of ESPN.com that money was a motivating factor and there could be additional protesting as a result:
"You're disappointed but not surprised. At the end of the day, the league is about money, it's a business. To try to silence those guys when they're trying to do the right thing for our country, I don't know what to say about it."It could stir things up, which is a problem. Because you're stirring things up because you're being told to be quiet, when it could have been done together to figure out what we can do to move forward and what would be best for the players."