La Canfora: "Political Football" Will Continue

President Trump disinviting the Eagles to the White House could lead to more discord in and beyond the NFL

Reiter Than You
June 11, 2018 - 5:30 pm

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Last week, President Donald Trump disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles from visiting the White House, causing reaction from people throughout the NFL.
 
Trump, many believe, canceled the visit for a variety of reasons, namely the anthem protests and the lack of players who were planning to attend the ceremony (reportedly less than 10). This controversial decision has sparked conversations about the strained relationship between Trump and the NFL, which CBS Sports Insider and NFL columnist Jason La Canfora discussed with Bill Reiter on Reiter Than You.

“As much of a spectrum as we have politically in this country, it’s represented in NFL locker rooms as well,” La Canfora said. “Regardless of ideology or any political leanings, there’s certain formalities. It’s not something that anybody in the league is comfortable with – Trump supporter or not.”
 
La Canfora believes Trump made this decision to satisfy his supporters, which could widen the rift between the NFL and a large portion of the viewing public.
 
“I think it’s just indicative of what’s going to continue to be political football,” La Canfora said. “Trump will kick around, slam, throw at the wall, deflate or whatever he wants to do at any particular time that he thinks gives red meat to the 35 percent of the country that supports him. He’s going to use the NFL to do that.”
 
La Canfora is uncertain how the NFL will respond to this matter.
 
“They’ve gone down a slippery road with a bully, and I don’t know what the league can do now,” La Canfora said. “They can try to stand up to him, but it’s almost too late for that – and we’ve seen what happens when they don’t stand up to him. I think they really cuffed themselves in a pickle here.”