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Of course, according to the actual people who played for the Eagles, no Eagles players knelt during the anthem during the 2017 regular season, and their reasons for passing on the White House event had nothing to do with the anthem. It's a lot of things that we believe in as Americans that we don't feel that he's for us. They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honour of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country. This came after he was appalled by the violent white nationalist protests last August in his hometown Charlottesville, Va.

The victor of the NBA Finals, Super Bowl and other league championships conventionally receive invitations to the White House to meet the president.

Safety Malcolm Jenkins, perhaps the most visible leader in the players' protest against racial injustice, spends his off time riding along with police officers, visiting prisons and meeting with public defenders and lawmakers. That invitation - not unlike the Eagles' - was pulled after a number of players vacillated on attending. Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling.

James, who is facing the Warriors in the finals, told reporters that the victor of the series would not be going to the White House.

Curry went on to explain that he believes every team in the National Basketball Association deserves the opportunity to make the decision to visit Trump or not should it win a championship while he remains in office.

What happens when you throw a Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl celebration party at the White House and no one wants to come?

There has been clear tension between many star athletes and the current administration throughout the Trump presidency. 'I'm not surprised. I know no matter who wins this series no one wants the invite, anyways.

"Given all the things that we have going on in the world right now that require the president's attention, his focus on the football story is surprising", said Janice Todd, the president of the North American Society for Sport History.

I hope to be in that situation and win two more games where we win a championship and obviously know what comes with that.

The attention on the uproar isn't necessarily a bad thing, though, Coakley added. Trust me, that's not always the case in pro sports.