We are less than 24 removed from the Philadelphia Eagles winning the first-ever Super Bowl title in franchise history and the celebrations are only beginning.
This Thursday, they will resume with a championship parade, before the team ultimately makes the traditional visit to the White House to commemorate their championship with the president.
Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins won’t be around for that leg of the celebration, however.
Jenkins appeared on CNN’s “New Day” Monday morning to talk about the team’s big win when he revealed he doesn’t plan on joining his teammates at the White House.
“Nah, I personally do not anticipate attending,” Jenkins said.
The defensive back was then asked whether he had a specific message for Donald Trump, to which he replied: “My message has been clear all year … I want to see changes in our criminal justice system. I want to see us push for economical and educational advancement in communities of color and low-income communities. And I want to see our relationship between our communities and our law enforcement be advanced.”
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Jenkins has been raising his fists as a form of protest during the national anthem since Colin Kaepernick first started the movement in the NFL and he is the leaderof the Player’s Coalition, which negiated with the league to come to a resolution about the conflict surrounding player protests.
So with the harsh words Donald Trump has had about those who express their First Amendment rights, it’s no surprise that Jenkins won’t be visiting him at the White House.
Eagles teammates Torrey Smith and Chris Long have also suggested they will be skipping the White House visit.