Less than 24 hours after hoisting the Lombardi Trophy into the air in Minneapolis, the total number of Philadelphia Eagles players who said they won’t visit the White House if the team is invited for the ceremonial championship visit rose to three.
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins— a prominent voice the past two seasons in NFL player protests of police brutality and social injustice— told CNN Monday that he will not attend the White House if President Donald Trump was to extend the invitation.
"No, I personally do not anticipate attending that... My message has been clear all year. I'm about creating positive change in the communities that I come from ... I want to see changes in our criminal justice system,” Jenkins said on CNN. “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 relationships between our communities and our law enforcement be advanced.”
Jenkins joins Eagles defensive end Chris Long and wide receiver Torrey Smith who said they would not attend a White House celebration before the Super Bowl.