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Jeffrey Lurie and Eagles Players React to President

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On Friday night, president Donald Trump sent shock waves through the sports world when he launched an attack on NFL players who have been peacefully protesting social injustice during the National Anthem.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get the son of a b**** off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!” the president said at a rally in Alabama.

Trump wouldn’t stop there, taking to Twitter to further fan the flames:

This prompted the Philadelphia Eagles’ owner to release a statement late Saturday night.

The most high profile protester on the Eagles, safety Malcolm Jenkins, has continued raising his fist during the anthem this season. On September 12th, Jenkins, along with teammate Rodney McLeod met with Lurie and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. They discussed The Clean Slate Act and other issues regarding social injustices and related protests.

Other Eagles reacted on Twitter to Trump’s remarks:

https://twitter.com/TorreySmithWR/status/911630211791441920

You can expect more developments in this story before the Sunday 1pm slate kicks off. It doesn’t look like this story is set to die anytime soon.

Michael is an NFL Draft enthusiast, aspiring scout, and grandson of longtime East Stroudsburg (Pa.) HS football coach John P. Kist. He hosts Locked On Eagles and writes for Inside the Pylon & Breaking Football.

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