Melania Trump back in public eye after 'little rough patch'

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The story of the Philadelphia Eagles versus President Donald Trump has pretty much dominated news cycles this week here in Philly.

Malcolm Jenkins who peacefully demonstrated on the sidelines last season let his signs do the talking today, never uttering a word, but held signs that read, "You're not listening", followed by specific statistics linked to mass incarceration, police brutality and calls for criminal justice reform.

"If you do go, you're associating yourself with his policies", said Howard Bryant, author of "The Heritage: Black Athletes, A Divided America and the Politics of Patriotism". Unfortunately, there were a bunch of people online who did not care.

The topic, coming the day after his team was supposed to have celebrated its Super Bowl championship at the White House, was one Coach Doug Pederson got the chance to address Wednesday.

Wallace said in a statement released by Fox News on Tuesday that "To clarify, no members of the team knelt in protest during the national anthem throughout regular or post-season previous year". The man, who was wearing a light blue checkered shirt and had a little American flag, was apparently the same person who also reportedly heckled Trump.

The White House went a step further in its follow-up statement, saying Eagles players "abandoned their fans" with more than 1,000 fans cleared to attend the event.

Curry said Tuesday that he spoke with a current Eagles player about the team's decision-making process and how it went deeper than disagreeing with Trump policies and the ongoing issue of some National Football League players choosing not to stand for the pregame playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner".

The White House released a statement Monday banning the Super Bowl champion Eagles from participating in the traditional visit.

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To that end, Jenkins and two other Eagles - fellow safety Rodney McLeod and defensive end Chris Long - met with chief public defenders from around the country after Wednesday's practice to gain knowledge about the bail system.

Long, victor of the NFL Players Association community MVP, said sometimes people who are affected by the issues or don't know much about the subject, they don't want to hear about it. "I think we're a team, we're moving forward and we're on our way to minicamp".

The NFL is facing labour grievances from ex-San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, both of whom claim they have been blacklisted due to their decisions to kneel during the anthem.

"But her low-key presence - Melania Trump sat to her husband's left around a conference table and nodded as her husband and other officials spoke - marked the first time she's been seen by the media for almost a month, capping the end of an unusual absence from public sight, even from a first lady who is known for prizing her privacy".

"I was looking forward to going down".

"We're very proud of her, she's done a fantastic job as first lady", he added.

"I'm exhausted of the narrative being about the anthem, about the White House or whatever", he said following a meeting in downtown Philadelphia with top public defenders from around the country on the issue of bail reform. In an interview on Fox business channel, Trump said, "Tweeting is like a typewriter - when I put it out, you put it immediately on your show".

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