(CNN)The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl for the first time in the franchise’s history on Sunday, but several players have already indicated that they will not participate in the traditional White House visit, citing their opposition to President Donald Trump.
“Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles on a great Super Bowl victory!” he tweeted.
“They call it the anthem protest,” he added. “We’re not protesting the anthem. It’s a protest during the anthem. I understand why people are mad, or may be offended when someone takes a knee. My father, when he dies, is going to be buried with an American flag draped around his casket, being that he served in the Army.”
Running back LeGarrette Blount, who played for the Patriots last year, also skipped at the time, saying, “I just don’t feel welcome into that house. I’m just gonna leave it at that.”
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, who also raised his fist during the National Anthem with Smith, has also been an outspoken critic of the President.