On Monday Night, President Trump appeared to rescind the Philadelphia Eagles’ invitation to the White House.
The team was expected to be there on Tuesday for an event marking their victory in this year’s Super Bowl.
In a statement, announcing the cancellation, the President cited NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem, writing:
“They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.”
The President also noted that many of the Eagles weren’t planning to attend the White House ceremony.
Mister Trump went on to say that a different event will be held at the White House… a tribute to the miliary that will feature the National Anthem.
It’s unclear exactly what prompted this last-minute change of plans.
Last year, the White House canceled a visit by the NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors… but that was after it’s star players said they wouldn’t be going.
No Eagles are believed to have kneeled during the pre-game national anthem last season.
However, some stood on the sideline with a raised fist while it played.