(National Sentinel) No Class: The TV ratings for this year’s Super Bowl LXI were similar to ratings for the entire NFL the past year — down — yet the newly crowned world-champion Philadelphia Eagles may be set to ensure that the league’s rating woes continue into next season.
The Eagles took home the Lombardi Trophy for the first time in their franchise’s history, but may politicize the win by refusing to be honored at the White House by President Donald J. Trump.
Three players on the team had already announced they would not go: Defensive end Chris Long, safety Malcolm Jenkins, and running back LeGarrette Blount.
Blount and Long were with the New England Patriots when they won the Super Bowl last year; neither went to the White House then, either, because of President Donald J. Trump.
Now members of the team that beat the Patriots this year, both have once again said they would boycott the visit.
Now it looks like the entire team may do so.
“Rumors are circulating on social media that the Eagles are planning to boycott as a team. The Eagles, who arrived back in Philadelphia Monday afternoon, did not immediately respond to a request confirming those rumors,” the New York Daily News reported.
Trump was extremely critical of NFL players who took a knee or sat on the bench during the playing of the National Anthem this year, as well as team owners who permitted players to do so.
The protests were started the previous season by former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has been unable to sign on with another team since he left the San Francisco 49ers.
The protests are a major reason why viewership and ratings fell this past season, according to studies.
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