Philadelphia Eagles Player Torrey Smith Calls White House Invite Recall a ‘Cowardly Act’

Super Bowl-winning wide receiver says the president “continues to spread the false narrative that players are anti military”

Last Updated: June 4, 2018 @ 8:46 PM

After President Trump disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles from visiting the White House on Tuesday, wide receiver Torrey Smith called the recall “a cowardly act.”

“There are a lot of people on the team that have plenty of different views. The men and women that wanted to go should’ve been able to go,” Smith wrote on Twitter Monday afternoon. “It’s a cowardly act to cancel the celebration because the majority of the people don’t want to see you. To make it about the anthem is foolish.”

The Super Bowl-winning wide receiver was reacting to Trump’s announcement earlier in the day that the “Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. 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.”

In a string of tweets in response, Smith said: “So many lies smh Here are some facts 1. Not many people were going to go 2. No one refused to go simply because Trump “insists” folks stand for the anthem 3. The President continues to spread the false narrative that players are anti military.”

He also replied to one commentator he said that players had no business being honored if they refuse to stand for the national anthem by saying: “If you are going to tweet…tweet facts…no one on the Eagles took a knee last season……….”

A trip to meet with the current president is part of the traditional honor for the reigning Super Bowl champions. The sudden cancellation of this week’s ceremony came after several other players — including Smith, Chris Long and Malcolm Jenkins — had said that they would not visit the White House following their Super Bowl LII victory over the New England Patriots last February.

See Smith’s tweets below:

See more tweets objecting to Trump’s announcement banning the Eagles below.