Eagles' Torrey Smith: 'I Don't Think Trump Is a Good Person'
Eagles' Torrey Smith: 'I Don't Think Trump Is a Good Person'
Malcolm Jenkins said Monday he does not anticipate traveling to the White House
08 February, 2018, 16:47
Long, who opted against visiting the White House last year when he was playing for the New England Patriots after they won the Super Bowl, said he'll beg off again this year.
"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?'" He said that Trump's rhetoric on race, particularly the President's response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, "helped" put the conversation around racism in America in the spotlight.
"I want to see changes in our criminal justice system", he continued. He once called Trump "the most divisive person in this entire country" in a now deleted tweet, and he's been protesting during the National Anthem during the regular season. So far Malcolm Jenkins, Torrey Smith, and Chris Long have said they will not attend the annual celebration. Earlier this week about the decision, and Smith appeared Tuesday on "CNN Tonight" to discuss his own reasoning behind skipping a visit to President Donald Trump.
Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston noted last April exactly half of the Patriots players invited-34 of 68-made the trip to the White House. Long then mockingly asked: "Are you kidding me?".
Trump hosted the Patriots on the South Lawn last year
Wide receiver Torrey Smith also is siding with the people. "Me personally, because it's not a meeting or a sit-down or anything like that, I'm just not interested in the photo op".
"We read the news just like everyone else", Smith told NJ Advance Media last week. I want to see us push for economical and educational advancements in communities of color and low-income communities, and I want to see our relationships between communities and law enforcement be advanced. We're very informed about what goes on, and we're trying to continue to educate ourselves.
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Jenkins, a team leader and captain, has lead the team in their stance in protest of the United States criminal justice system, with the Eagles standing firmly in support of incarcerated Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill. This included Smith, Jenkins and defensive back Rodney McLeod.
"People were crushing me over it, so [the CNN appearance] was kind of an opportunity to speak on "why" because people don't understand that", Smith said. Once Trump took office there has been a significant decline the appearance.
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