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Superbowl 52 and the Controversy of a Home Visit

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Superbowl 52 and the Controversy of a Home Visit

Bryce Davis, Staff Writer

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After a very competitive game of football, the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots to become the Super Bowl 52 champions. It has been tradition for the president of the United States to invite the Super Bowl champions to the White House since the late 1980’s; however,  Torrey Smith, Chris Long, and Malcolm Jenkins, all members of the reigning champions, are among players who stated in interviews that they will not visit the White House if invited.

Some players are trying to make a statement by not attending the event in the White House. “Going to the White House should be seen as an honor, and I believe it is an honor, but to me it has to be an honor with the right type of respect in office. I just don’t see it,” Super Bowl champion Torrey Smith said. Cottonwood senior Daija Lopez stated, “I support them and their choices no matter what they are.”

This is not the first time players have not wanted to go to the White House. Last year, players from the New England Patriots declined an invitation from the president after their Super Bowl 51 win. LeGarrette Blount, then of the Patriots but signed with the Eagles in the off-season, said, “I don’t feel welcome in that house.” Cottonwood faculty Ruth Montoya had a different point of view, “As Americans we need to stand together and support the president no matter who they are. They’re being entitled brats.” However, head coach Bill Belichick attended said event with other lead players from the Patriots, including tight end Rob Gronkowski.

After the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship, Steph Curry said he did not want to go the White House. Trump then withdrew his invitation on Twitter to the entire team. The Golden State Warriors’ Twitter account then released a statement explaining that the whole team is taking a trip to Washington D.C. rather than visiting the White House. Many players in the past have also declined a home visit with the president due to their beliefs. Matt Birk, former NFL center, declined former President Obama’s home visit due to Birk’s pro-life beliefs.

Evidently, it’s up to the players to decide whether or not they will accept the president’s invitation to the White House.

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