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Eagles Coach: ‘It’s Over, It’s Behind Us, We’re Moving On’

Super Bowl winners could have been lauded at the White House; instead, their 'silence' is heard loud and clear

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson spoke bluntly: “It’s over. It’s behind us. We’re moving on.”

That was his message on Wednesday to a voracious press as he steadfastly declined to entertain questions about President Donald Trump’s cancellation of his team’s visit to the White House after the team tried to pull a fast one on the chief executive.

“I was looking forward to going down [to the White House] and being recognized as world champions,” said Pederson at a press conference at Novacare Complex in South Philadelphia.

“It is what it is.”

He also said, “What you’ve seen and what you’ve heard is enough.”

It apparently wasn’t enough, though, for some of Pederson’s players. Malcolm Jenkins, who plays safety for the Eagles, made his feelings quite clear on the matter on Wednesday — though technically he remained silent.

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Instead of speaking, he held up a series of handwritten signs, as reported by The Hill.

The Eagles were going to send only a small contingent of players to the event, ESPN reported. Those who planned on skipping the event at the White House included “most — if not all — of the black players,” the outlet said.

“The White House felt the rug was pulled out from under them,” said Fox News contributor Raymond Arroyo on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” Wednesday night.

“Eighty players said [they would] attend. And at the last minute, they said two players [would] attend and a mascot … and the coach.”

When pressed again and again at Wednesday’s press event, Pederson declined to discuss the matter in any detail.

“I think [Pederson] is a good guy … He wanted to be there, and that was genuine,” said host Laura Ingraham. “But he’s sick of this. He just wants to play the game.”

Faced with the very real possibility of paltry attendance, President Trump deftly switched gears. Instead of honoring the first-time Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, Trump disinvited the team and transformed the event into a broader celebration of patriotism.

Tuesday’s “Celebration of America” event on the South Lawn featured brief remarks by the president along with a rendition of “God Bless America” by the Army Chorus, accompanied by the United States Marine Band.

“I want to take this opportunity to explain why young Americans stand for our national anthem. Maybe it’s about time that we understood,” Trump told attendees. “We stand to honor our military and to honor our country, and to remember the fallen heroes who never made it back home. We stand to show our love for our fellow citizens and our magnificent Constitution. We stand to pay tribute to the incredible Americans who came before us and the heroic sacrifices they made.”

He also said near the end of the speech, “So we stand together for freedom. We stand together for patriotism. And we proudly stand for our glorious nation under God.”

Unlike some of their football colleagues, Eagles players did not kneel during the playing of the national anthem prior to their games this season.

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But in a head-scratcher of a stunt during the playing of the national anthem at the Celebration of America, two unidentified attendees knelt, as multiple outlets reported.

“I don’t think [he’s] actually kneeling,” joked Arroyo of one robust anthem protester. “I think his knee gave out from the tonnage it’s holding.”

Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to LifeZette.

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