A small contingent from the Eagles planned to attend, but were disinvited Monday.
Late Friday, citing the fact that many players would not be in attendance, the team contacted the White House again, and attempted to reschedule the event. The president, however, had already announced that he would be traveling overseas on the dates the Eagles proposed. The White House, despite sensing a lack of good faith, nonetheless attempted to work with the Eagles over the weekend to change the event format that could accommodate a smaller group of players. Unfortunately, the Eagles offered to send only a tiny handful of representatives, while making clear that the great majority of players would not attend the event, despite planning to be in D.C. today. In other words, the vast majority of the Eagles team decided to abandon their fans.
A list of 81 individuals may have been a case where the Eagles cleared the entire roster to give them the option to attend or not. But the group that was reportedly ready to go was down to just two or three players, team owner Jeffrey Lurie, and the mascot.
WH official tells me — last Thurs, the Eagles submitted 70+ names to attend. On Fri, Eagles tried to resked event for days when POTUS was gonna be in Singapore. On Mon, they said the group avail on pre-planned date wld be TWO or THREE players + owner + MASCOT.
Gleason was there to see his son record the big hit, which means everything. The Saints legend has been an inspirational voice in the fight against ALS, and is being considered for the a congressional gold medal.
There will be a lot more charity events by team this offseason, but this one was special.
Thursday’s Rise ‘n Grind explores the Patriots’ rough offseason and whether it’s just meaningless talk or something fans in New England should be worried about.
This offseason has been tempestuous for the Patriots. Losing the Super Bowl didn’t go over well (spoiled fans alert!) and the backlash was nearly immediate for Bill Belichick as he inexplicably benched Malcolm Butler in the biggest game of the year.
The Patriots then lost defensive coordinator Matt Patricia to the Lions as he takes over in Detroit as head coach, and lost assistant special teams coach Ray Ventrone to the Colts as he got a promotion to special teams coordinator.
Or create a way that forces them to get over it.