Jets LB Jordan Jenkins was among the many athletes displeased with President Donald Trump's decision to disinvite the Eagles from visiting the White House to acknowledge their Super Bowl victory this past season.
Jenkins spoke after the Jets' OTA on Tuesday, and said he isn't sure if President Trump felt disrespected. But it still wasn't the right thing to do because the visit could have been more than just an acknowledge of the victory.
"In my mind, I think it's immature when you do something like that," Jenkins told NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "That's an immature thing to do.
"When you're the president, you've got the power to do that, if you feel disrespected. By all means, rescind it if you feel disrespected or whatever. That may be what he was feeling. It's kind of immature, but if you feel disrespected ... If I'm disrespected, I could see myself maybe doing something like that. But it's weird seeing that kind of thing happen."
Jenkins also gave his take on the Fox News piece that said Eagles players were kneeling to protest the national anthem. In his event cancellation statement, Trump said, "They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country."
However, no Eagles player has knelt for the anthem. They were praying instead, which is why Jenkins called the Fox piece "bullcrap." They have since apologized for airing the segment.
The Eagles do have players that are politically active, and when saying the visit could have been more than a victory lap, Jenkins meant sitting down with Trump and others to discuss the issues surrounding the NFL protests.
"It's a bad thing for both sides," he said. "They've got a lot of activists on that team. And they could've possibly had some talks. There could've been a lot of stuff that could've been accomplished if the White House and the Eagles would've come together for something.
"I feel like they could've had some productive talks. You're always looking to bring both sides together. Some positive could come out of a meeting like that. It's sad that that doesn't get to happen. It sucks to see something like that happen."
The Jets also had no players kneel for the anthem in the past. Last season, along with co-owner Christopher Johnson, the Jets locked arms on the sideline during before the game.
This season, Johnson stated that he would pick up any fines of players that wish to kneel during the anthem. He has also made it a point to discuss racial and social justice issues with his players.