Philadelphia Eagles’ Brandon Graham says he won’t visit White House, Philadelphia Phillies pay tribute and more
Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots has the ball stripped by Brandon Graham #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles late in the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Today’s Philadelphia Eagles links continue to parse through Monday’s report on a potential White House video while also looking at the lighter side of celebrations.
The New York Times published a report Monday about the possibility of the Eagles visiting the White House after their Super Bowl LII win. The Eagles have received an invitation for the ceremonial visit, but they haven’t committed, and The Times revealed owner Jeffrey Lurie called President Donald Trump’s tenure “disastrous” during a fall meeting.
After the team beat the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl, multiple players including Malcolm Jenkins, Torrey Smith and Chris Long said they wouldn’t visit Trump in Washington. Another player can be added to the list now, too.
Defensive end Brandon Graham, one of the heroes of the Super Bowl, told WIP he wouldn’t attend a White House visit during an appearance Monday night. For him, receiving his actual Super Bowl ring is more important.
“Well, right now, I haven’t talked to anybody, but, you know, I’m sure we’ll all start talking about it as we get close, but as of right now, I won’t be there,” Graham told Jon Marks and Ike Reese. “I’m going to be just here enjoying, waiting on the ring ceremony. Can’t wait to look at the ring, and once we figure everything out, they’ll see what they’re going to do. But right now I haven’t talked to anybody about it.”
“I’m going to relax and enjoy this ring ceremony, whenever that is. That’s what I’m more focused on right now.”
Graham’s comments begin around the 9:40 mark below:
AUDIO: Brandon Graham joins the show and says he won’t be visiting the White House https://t.co/A3MNqVrve9
— Jon Marks & Ike Reese on 94WIP (@MarksReeseWIP) April 23, 2018
There will likely be more to come on this in the coming days.
In less serious news, Philadelphia Phillies star Rhys Hoskins paid tribute to the Eagles with a home run celebration Saturday. Hoskins drilled a go-ahead three-run home run in the Phillies’ 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, and when he rounded first base, first base coach Jose David Flores faked a handoff to Hoskins before tossing an imaginary pass:
.@rhyshoskins called his own Philly Special after a big homer: https://t.co/DqFlWiL4oR pic.twitter.com/Tmxm6EwU3N
— Cut4 (@Cut4) April 22, 2018
Hoskins told MLB.com it was Flores’ idea. During a season in which their celebrations became highlights in their own right, the Eagles often turned opposing end zones into their own personal sandlots.
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