“Praying before games with my teammates, well before the anthem, is being used for your propaganda?!” tight end Zach Ertz said of pictures used during a segment on President Trump disinviting the Eagles to the White House.
Fox News on Tuesday issued an apology after a Monday night segment on President Donald Trump disinviting the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House showed “unrelated” images that one player blasted as “propaganda.”
Earlier in the morning, Eagles tight end Zach Ertz criticized Fox News for showing images of players kneeling in prayer during a segment that touched on the broader trend of players kneeling during the national anthem.
“This can’t be serious…. Praying before games with my teammates, well before the anthem, is being used for your propaganda?! Just sad, I feel like you guys should have to be better than this,” Ertz tweeted.
Not a single Eagles player protested by taking a knee during the National Anthem during the regular season or playoffs in 2017; however, a few raised their fist. Veteran cornerback Ron Brooks took a knee during the preseason, but he was cut before the regular season started.
In a statement, the network noted the images were “unrelated” and apologized.
“During our report about President Trump canceling the Philadelphia Eagles’ visit to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl win, we showed unrelated footage of players kneeling in prayer,” Christopher Wallace, executive producer of Shannon Bream’s show, said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
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