Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith attacked President Donald Trump, Tuesday, saying that he does not think the president is a “good person.”
Smith appeared on CNN’s Tonight with Don Lemon on February 6 to talk about why he intended to refuse an invitation to visit the White House to celebrate his team’s Super Bowl victory.
Smith exclaimed that he wouldn’t feel disposed to visit with Donald Trump because of Trump’s past comment about women, CNN reported.
“For me, it’s not just about politics,” Smith told Lemon. “You know, if I told you that I was invited to a party by an individual that I believe is sexist or has no respect for women, or I told that you this individual has said offensive things towards many minority groups and I don’t feel comfortable by it, this individual also called my peers and my friends SOBs, you would understand why I wouldn’t want to go to that party.
“So, why is it any different when this person has the title of president of the United States? I mean, it’s really that simple. I don’t think it’s something that I personally feel inclined to be involved with,” Smith added.
Still, there is no assurance that the president will invite the Super Bowl-winning Eagles to visit the White House. While it has been a long practice of our past chief executives to invite championship teams to visit the White House, the decision is always at the discretion of the president.
Trump has already shown that he won’t invite a team to visit the White House if it only becomes a platform for political attacks. Last year he did not invite NBA champion Golden State Warriors to visit Washington, after star player Stephen Curry began to use the visit for a political platform.
Politics is certainly a well-worn part of the NFL, these days. After all, the league hasn’t shied from turning its sport to politics. Indeed, the National Football League has spent two years allowing millionaire players to launch anti-American protests during the playing of the national anthem. These protests have not only been sanctioned but they have been encouraged by NFL leadership.
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