For the time being, much of America seems to be rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles to topple the evil empire colloquially referred to as the New England Patriots.
After all, the general sentiment is that NFL fans are sick and tired of being sick and tired of watching the Patriots win by hook or crook.
One member of the Philadelphia Eagles, however, seems prepared to squander some of that goodwill by making a political statement before a single snap is played in Super Bowl LII.
Eagles defensive end Chris Long said he would not visit the White House if the Eagles upset the Patriots.
Long appeared on Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” podcast, and offered a very clear response.
“If you guys win the Super Bowl, are you going to the White House?” Long was asked.
“No. I’m not going to the White House,” Long responded. He then punctuated his response with an incredulous question.
“Are you kidding me?” he added.
Of note, Long skipped the White House visit last year when he won a Super Bowl as a member of the Patriots.
Long, who made things very clear in an interview with Green Stripe News following Super Bowl LI, is a vocal detractor of President Donald Trump.
“[So when] 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 [visit the White House] when you knew the right thing was to not go?'” Long said last year.
In fairness to Long, he’s certainly a man of his convictions.
Long donated his entire salary for this past season to charities he believed were worth helping.
Long isn’t a late-round rookie or on a veteran’s minimum deal. The contract he signed was worth millions.
It also shouldn’t be much of a surprise that Long is taking this stance.
While he never protested the national anthem by kneeling, raising his fist, or sitting, Long offered overt approval of teammate Malcolm Jenkins.
Jenkins raised his fist to protest the national anthem for the majority of the season, and Long was right there alongside him. Long kept his hand on Jenkins’ shoulder while the latter raised his fist as a form of solidarity.
Super Bowl LII will be Sunday, between the 5.5-point underdog Eagles and the Patriots. Long and LeGarrette Blount are former Patriots who will line up against the very team they won a championship with last year.
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