Eagles set to visit White House next month

Players not required to attend

Mike DeNardo
May 22, 2018 - 4:10 pm
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) hands off to running back Matt Jones (38) in front of quarterback Nick Foles (9) and quarterback Nate Sudfeld (7) during organized team activities.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Eagles head coach Doug Pederson confirmed the world champion team will be going to the White House next month.  

But attendance is not mandatory. 

"It's an individual basis," explained Pederson. "It's one of those things that, again, we're working through a ton of things but at the same time we understand that it's an individual decision."

He noted, however, it is a great honor.

"We're still working through some logistics right now, so we don't have all the details of the day, but we're excited to be going," he added.

Speaking at the opening of OTAs (organized team activities), quarterback Carson Wentz said he'd go to the June 5 event if most of his teammates decide to.

"I know for me personally if the team decides as a whole, most guys want to go or be a part of it, I will be attending with them," he said. "I don't view it as a political thing whatsoever. I don't really mess with politics very often."

Several players, including Brandon Graham, Chris Long and Malcolm Jenkins, said they would not go because of political differences with President Donald Trump.

"I definitely want to avoid being used as kind of a pawn," added safety Malcolm Jenkins. "And the way things have gone over the last few months, I don't think the time is right for that."

Jenkins said he and the teammates who aren't visiting the White House are considering other activities in D.C.