The Philadelphia Eagles are ready to move on from the saga surrounding United States president Donald Trump's decision to uninvite them from the traditional White House visit to celebrate their Super Bowl victory.
Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson spoke about the controversy for the first time on Wednesday during a media conference before the Eagles started OTA practice, but was not willing to say too much.
"This is going to be a blanket statement, and then I'm not going to discuss it further," Pederson told reporters.
"I was looking forward to going down. We did something last season that was very special. It was a milestone for our city of Philadelphia, our organisation, and I was looking forward to going down and being recognised as world champions. It is what it is."
Asked about allegations from the White House that the Eagles chose to "abandon" their fans and not attend the ceremony as a complete team, Pederson responded: "What you've seen and what you've heard is enough, and I'm not discussing it.
"I'm not discussing it because we've got two OTA practices, I've got a mandatory minicamp next week, and I'm focused on that.
"We're united. We're a team. Been that way since I've been here. We're focused on today, great practice, today and tomorrow, three days next week and our goal is 2018. Nobody's talking about it. It's over, behind us and we're moving on."
The White House released a statement on Monday banning the Eagles from participating in the traditional visit. The statement said of the Eagles: "They disagree with their president because he insists that they proudly stand for the national anthem, hand on heart, in honour of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country."
Trump then tweeted on the matter, writing: "Only a small number of players decided to come, and we cancelled the event."
Last month, the NFL announced it will allow players to remain in the locker room while the anthem plays but will fine players and other personnel on the field who "do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem."
Trump previously stated that he agreed with the NFL's decision but, in a tweet on Tuesday, wrote: "Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling."
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.
The Eagles held an OTA practice on Tuesday instead of visiting the White House.
|Dolphins owner Ross: National anthem policy a ´placeholder´|
|Donald Trump: Kneeling players should be suspended without pay|
|Good Luck at last! Colts quarterback fit for training camp|
|Texans QB Watson expects to be fit for training camp|
|Steelers´ Super Bowl window getting smaller - Brown|
|NFL, NFLPA at ´standstill agreement´ over anthem policy|
|NFL training camp 2018: Five under-the-radar rookies to watch|
|Risking the curse - Steelers star Brown lands on Madden 19 cover|
|Owens not ´actively seeking´ to play in NFL again|
|Titans DL Casey will still protest despite new anthem policy|
|Revis announces retirement from NFL after 11 seasons|
|Cardinals suspend GM Keim for five weeks after DUI|
|Rams sign Cooks to five-year extension|
|Cowboys’ Randy Gregory reinstated by NFL|
|Owens wants to play in the CFL, says agent|
|Thomas asks Seahawks for extension or trade|
|Steelers fail to sign Bell to long-term deal|
|Rodgers: I´d love to play with the Packers to 40|
|NFL training camp 2018: Contract holdouts and where they stand|
|Tony Romo wins celebrity-filled American Century Championship|
|Eagles running back Sproles plans to retire after next season|
|Tomlin optimistic over Bell contract|
|Long on Eagles having Wentz, Foles: It´s really a dream|
|Running back Murray announces retirement|
|McAdoo backs Giants to win NFC East in 2018|
|NFL Supplemental Draft 2018: Giants take Beal in round three|
|LeSean McCoy denies accusations of domestic violence|
|NFLPA files challenge to league´s new anthem policy|
|Murray wants to ´have an opportunity to win a championship´ with next team|
|Richardson bids Panthers goodbye as sale is finalised|
|NFL Supplemental Draft Guide - Beal headlines class out to end three-year wait|
|Isn´t that worse than not standing? – Trump unhappy with NFL´s anthem rule|
|Chancellor announces NFL retirement|
|WATCH: Beckham blasts home run during batting practice at Yankee Stadium|
|Bucs QB Winston apologises as NFL confirms three-game suspension|
|Former Panthers owner Jerry Richardson fined $2.75M for workplace misconduct|
|Vikings & Danielle Hunter agree to reported $72M contract extension|
|Jalen Ramsey: Jimmy Garoppolo shouldn´t be in NFL Top 100|
|Bell optimistic over long-term deal with Steelers|
|Manning says Brees deserves to break his record for career passing yards|
|Brady: The end is coming sooner rather than later|
|Eagles unveil Super Bowl rings with one perfect touch|
|Cowboys´ Martin signs extension to become NFL´s highest-paid guard|
|Rams ordered to pay former NFL running back Bush $12.5m in damages|
|Colts QB Luck finally resumes throwing|
|Giants QB Eli Manning: I´ve still got some peak years left|
|Jones skipping Falcons´ mandatory minicamp|
|Seahawks´ Thomas holding out of mandatory minicamp|
|Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski calls trade rumours ‘fake news’|
|Texans safety Andre Hal diagnosed with Hodgkin´s lymphoma|
|We´re not inviting the NBA champions - Trump responds to LeBron, Curry|
|Diddy no longer interested in NFL ownership|
|LeBron: Facing the Warriors is like playing against the Patriots|
|Ravens lose final two OTAs, face fines for violating NFL rules|
|Collins catches seven-foot, 250-pound shark on Cowboys fishing trip|
|49ers LB Foster pleads no contest to weapons charges, gets probation|
|Vikings RB Cook returns to live drills|
|Eagles´ Malcolm Jenkins responds to reporters´ Trump questions with written signs|
|Steelers LB Shazier: My dream is to play football again|
|Pederson: Eagles moving on from White House saga|
|James, Curry slam Trump over Philadelphia Eagles White House ban|
|No direct Eagles response to Trump as Philadelphia mayor blasts president|
|49ers great Clark dies after battle with ALS|
|Trump bans Eagles from White House visit|
|Packers LB Matthews to have surgery|
|Beckham Jr expected at Giants mini-camp|
|Packers LB Matthews suffers broken nose in charity softball game|
|Dolphins, cornerback McCain agree to contract extension|
|WATCH: Browns coach Jackson jumps into Lake Erie after 0-16 season|
|Denver Broncos deny Beth Bowlen´s ownership bid|