Eagles team member Chris Long is continuing to prove he stands by his values by refusing to visit the White House, should President Trump invite the team to celebrate their Super Bowl victory. This comes after his decision to donate his entire 2017 game earnings to different organizations dedicated to providing equal education opportunities.
“No, I’m not going to the White House,” he said in the January 28 episode of the “Pardon My Take” podcast. “Are you kidding me?”
This isn’t the first time Long has spoken out against Trump or declined an invitation to the White House. Last April, Long explained why he’d opted to not attend a ceremony on the South Lawn to celebrate his former team’s — The New England Patriots’ — Super Bowl win.
“My son grows up, and I believe the legacy of our president is going to be what it is, I don’t want him to say, ‘Hey dad, why’d you go when you knew the right thing was to not go?'” he said in a video for Green Stripe News.
This is Philadelphia Eagles player Chris Long. He donated his entire season's income to charity, including his first 6 paychecks to Charlottesville Scholarship programs.
— Ed Krassenstein ???? (@EdKrassen) February 4, 2018
Long donated the checks from his first six games of 2017 to fully fund scholarships for two members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia to attend St. Anne’s-Belfield School for seven years. Worthy of note is that the school is in Long’s hometown, Charlottesville, where the violent white supremacist rally of last summer resulted in the death of protester Heather Heyer.
He subsequently donated his 10 remaining checks to kickstart Pledge 10 for Tomorrow. The campaign encourages people to donate to four different education organizations picked by Long, all located in St. Louis, New England, and Philadelphia.
In addition to Long, several other Eagles players have vowed to skip any White House celebrations, including Torrey Smith and Malcolm Jenkins.