Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long won’t go to the White House if the Eagles win the Super Bowl on Sunday, he said.
“No, I’m not going to the White House. Are you kidding me?” Long told Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast in an interview.
The Eagles take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII on Sunday.
Long hasn’t been shy in hiding his criticisms of President Trump. Following the president’s remarks on the clashes between white nationalist groups and counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville, Va., in August, Long spoke out against Trump’s response.
“If anybody has an issue with somebody being an ally of somebody fighting for equality in a week like this, against white supremacy, I think that’s sad,” Long, a native of Charlottesville, said at the time. “I don’t think the president has done a good enough job of striking that down. I share that sentiment with a lot of people.”
As a former player for the Patriots, Long was one of several players who decided not to go with the team to the White House last year to celebrate their Super Bowl LI win against the Atlanta Falcons.
“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 [to the White House] when you knew the right thing was to not go?” Long said of his decision to skip the visit in a video published last year.