WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) – NFL Super Bowl champ Chris Long said he won't visit the White House if invited because of comments the president made after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. last year.
Long was responding to a Tweet posted by Sinclair Broadcast Group's Chief Political Analyst Boris Epshteyn. Epshteyn challenged the players to show up and have a conversation with the president about their concerns.
This makes no sense to me. If you disagree with @realDonaldTrump and have something to say, why miss likely the only opportunity you will have to express that to him in person @JOEL9ONE? I wouldn’t support players boycotting a visit to the WH no matter which party held it. https://t.co/jF52uISVqg— Boris Epshteyn (@BorisEP) February 6, 2018
"This makes no sense to me. If you disagree with @realDonaldTrump and have something to say, why miss likely the only opportunity you will have to express that to him in person @JOEL9ONE," Epshteyn asked Long in a Tweet.
“Who were the fine people on the side of the Nazis and KKK that gathered in my hometown the day a terrorist put 20 ppl in the hospital? Why reference the hatred and bigotry on “many sides” that day? Why didn’t you immediately denounce them?” the defensive end explained.
The lack of condemnation of said groups is either a calculated omission to pander to an ugly corner of our country OR he agrees with those folks. Either way, no convo needed. It’s absolutely your right.— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) February 6, 2018
Long, the son of Pro-Football Hall of Fame member Howie Long, is among several other players who have publicly stated they would not attend a celebration ceremony for their Super Bowl win at the White House if the Eagles were invited.