Philadelphia Eagles: Players react to NFL’s new national anthem policy


As you might have expected, there’s been a tremendous emotional outpouring from the Philadelphia Eagles and the rest of the NFL over the league’s national anthem policy.

Fans have made their thoughts known. So have players. Both have made well-thought-out arguments on both sides. Last year, the NFL, after listening to many of the players they respect, decided to pitch in financially to assist various causes in their attempts to enact change. Now, as 2018’s fifth month nears its’ close, we’ve seen a national anthem policy implemented. Many, including several members of the Philadelphia Eagles organization, have offered their response.

It appears, even with a national anthem policy, that this is a long way from being over. Let’s check out some of the responses from some of the Eagles themselves and from the Novacare Complex:

Here’s the thoughts of Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins:

Eagles defensive end Chris Long weighed in as well:

The divide appears to be widening as both sides work to find common ground.

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In addition to what we saw on May 23rd, the Eagles prepare to embark on a June 5th visit to the White House. Several members of Philly’s championship team from a season ago have already expressed their disinterest in attending, Jenkins, Long and former Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith for instance.

Last season was an emotional one. There were remarks made by everyone from President Donald Trump to Houston Texans owner Bob McNair. Teams, in response, locked arms with their coaches and owners to show solidarity. League commissioner Roger Goodell has been very vocal about his desire to increase conversation and understanding.

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These are smart players, coaches and executives. All of this will eventually reach a conclusion. It just might take longer than expected.