The day after the Eagles were to visit President Donald Trump, Jenkins held up a series of hand-written signs in front of his locker at the NovaCare Complex, the Philadelphia practice facility where the team is holding its off-season workouts.
Trump staged a political event on the White House South Lawn in place of a Super Bowl party for the Eagles, insisting on the need for Americans to stand up for the anthem to honor those who have sacrificed their lives for the nation.
It is normally just a fun photo opportunity where the president says a few words about the team, the team presents the president with a customized jersey, a few pictures are taken and that's it.
Eagles players didn't kneel during the national anthem in the 2017 season.
There was more fallout from the feud on Tuesday. For further proof of this, look no further than the ridiculous situation that spiraled out of what was supposed to be a ceremony at the White House recognizing the Philadelphia Eagles for winning the 2018 Super Bowl.
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President Donald Trump ripped the press for being "so unfair and vicious to my wife" and said he had seen reports that she had been abused or that she left to Virginia. Players such as Brandon Brooks said it was a team decision not to attend the gathering on the White House lawn.
On Wednesday, coach Doug Pederson mostly kept to the same non-confrontational script, telling reporters that plenty had been said already, although he did take a moment to dispute the notion the team had done its fans a disservice.
But today (June 6), Jenkins put the power of creative protest in display One sign said "YOU AREN'T LISTENING", another said "Chris Long gave his entire year's salary to educational initiatives".
According to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House chose to call off the event because there was a belief inside the administration that the Eagles were trying to pull some kind of "political stunt".
"What you've seen and what you've heard is enough", Pederson said when reporters tried to follow up. He has also has criticized the NFL's new policy, which prohibits players from kneeling/sitting on the field during the anthem. One player knelt in the pre-season, but he ended up getting cut before the season started. Their message of social change has been drowned out and turned into a matter of patriotism and the kneeling/protesting players' apparent disrespect for the country, its flag, and its military.