I realize that this article is not particularly timely but I've been busy at work. I found a little time so I wanted to share some thoughts about this.
The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII. It was a very good game, as a football fan I thoroughly enjoyed it, plus I have a personal connection to the Eagles. I am a native Pennsylvanian, born in the town of Lansdale. It is located right outside of Philadelphia. My father was a native of Philadelphia and was a huge fan of the team (he also rooted for the Washington Redskins because he lived there at one time). Philadelphia fans suffered through lost opportunities in the past so this particular championship was a sweet one, the first since 1960.
I never gave much thought to any visit to the White House. I thought it likely that some players would go, some wouldn't. It's the same in any given year. Personally I think I would go, I mean, come on. It's the White House. How often do you get a chance to visit? This has nothing with the current president.
It's happened in the past. Some players don't go because of scheduling conflicts or they disagree with the current president. I know it happened during Obama's presidency, maybe there were others but I don't remember. I don't really care, it makes no difference to me one way or another. I respect a person's decision not to go because they have the right to refuse.
But things are no longer normal. Starting back in the Fall of 2016 Colin Kaepernick decided to bring attention to racial injustice by not standing during the National Anthem. First he stayed seated on the bench but after discussing the matter with Nate Boyer, a former NFL player and Green Beret veteran, Kaepernick decided to kneel. This touched off controversy with other players soon adopting this stance as a way of showing solidarity. Some knelt, others raised their fists or stayed in the locker room. The actions became polarizing with many fans being outspoken of either support or opposition. Ratings dropped and the situation became worse when Trump decided to politicize the issue. In September of 2017 Trump tweeted his opposition to players kneeling