Eagles’ Torrey Smith on Declining WH Visit: ‘I Respect The Office’ But It’s About ‘Right and Wrong’
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver and Super Bowl champion @TorreySmithWR says he won’t visit the White House: “I respect the office … It’s not about choosing sides, it’s about simply right and wrong” pic.twitter.com/K9eHKZNwY3
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) February 7, 2018
Wide receiver Torrey Smith just celebrated a Super Bowl victory on Sunday, when his Philadelphia Eagles trounced defending champs the New England Patriots.
It is tradition, more or less, that when a team celebrates a major sports victory they visit the White House and share a few words with the sitting president. Smith, however, sat down with CNN’s Don Lemon last night and said that he will be bucking this tradition, opting to skip a meeting with President Donald Trump.
“For me, it’s not just about politics,” he said, explaining his decision to forgo the trip. “If I told you I was invited to a party by an individual who I believe is sexist, or has no respect for women, or if I told you this individual has said offensive things to many minority groups, and I don’t feel comfortable by it, and this individual also called my peers, my friends, S.O.B.s, you would understand why I wouldn’t wanna go to that party.”
Smith issued a caveat that it was “just my personal opinion” and answered in the affirmative when Lemon asked him if he still respected the office of the presidency.
“I respect the office,” he said. “But for me it’s just about doing the right thing. It’s not about choosing sides or anything. It’s just about simply right and wrong.”
Smith also noted that sports stars and entertainers are “held to a higher standard” than President Trump.
Watch above, via CNN.
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