Eagles denounce DeSean Jackson’s ‘appalling’ anti-Semitic posts; WR issues apologies

Eagles denounce DeSean Jackson’s ‘appalling’ anti-Semitic posts; WR issues apologies

UPDATE 3: Jackson posted a second apology, this time to the Jewish community, Lurie, Roseman, coach Doug Pederson, the Eagles organization and Eagles fans. He also tried to explain what he was doing with the initial post. “My intention was to uplift, unite and encourage our culture with positivity and light. Unfortunately, that did not happen,” he wrote. “I unintentionally hurt the Jewish community in the process and for that I am sorry!”

UPDATE 2: John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia reported Tuesday evening that Jackson and his representatives met with Philadelphia rabbi Doniel Grodnitzky and that Jackson has pledged to educate himself. The report also said that Jackson apologized personally to Eagles principal owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman. Pro Football Talk noted that both men are Jewish.

UPDATE: The Eagles have released a statement regarding DeSean Jackson’s social media activity this past weekend.

Jackson also posted an IGTV post apologizing for his posts. In addition, he deleted the posts on his page that were promoting Louis Farrakhan.

“I just want to first off, extend an apology on behalf of me,” Jackson says. “I never want to put any race down or any people down. And my post was definitely not intended for anybody of any race to feel any type of way, especially the Jewish community. When I posted what I posted, I definitely didn’t mean it to the extent that you guys took it. … I just, probably shouldn’t post anything that Hitler did. Because Hitler was a bad person and I know that.”

Jackson says he was trying to “uplift” and “enlighten” African-American people when he sent the post.

The NFL also issued a statement on Jackson.

“DeSean’s comments were highly inappropriate, offensive and divisive and stand in stark contrast to the NFL’s values of respect, equality and inclusion. We have been in contact with the team which is addressing the matter with DeSean.”

According to NFL Media, any discipline for Jackson would come from the Eagles, not the NFL.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Over the Fourth of July weekend, Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson shared an anti-Semitic quote on Instagram that was attributed to Adolf Hitler and promoted controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

The quote he shared from Hitler was attributed to the Nazi party leader in the image Jackson provided, but research shows the quote is not real. The screenshot appears to come from the book “Jerusalem” by Dennine Barnett, according to the Philly Voice, but the origin of the quote itself is somewhat a mystery. A Snopes article has a different version of the quote and concludes it is a “hoax quote.”

Still, Jackson shared the message to his 1.4 million followers on Instagram.


On Monday, Jackson posted additional screenshots in a slight form of apology.

“Anyone who feels I have hate towards the Jewish community took my post the wrong way,” Jackson said. “I have no hatred in my heart towards no one!”

Still, Jackson didn’t apologize for sharing a fake quote attributed to Hitler. Instead, he just blacked out certain parts of the quote. But the section he left still has anti-Semitic language.


Jackson also spent time during the past few days promoting Farrakhan. Farrakhan has shared anti-Semitic messages in the past, such as in 1984 when he said, “Hitler was a very great man.” The Anti-Defamation League has a 32-page document displaying the language Farrakhan has used against Jewish people.

From the ADL:

For over 30 years, Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI), has marked himself as a notable figure on the extremist scene, verbally attacking Jews, white people and the LGBT community. In recent years, Farrakhan has embarked on a wide-ranging campaign specifically targeting the Jewish community, which has featured some of the most hateful speeches of Farrakhan’s career as head of the NOI. Farrakhan has alleged that the Jewish people were responsible for the slave trade and that they conspire to control the government, the media, Hollywood, and various Black individuals and organizations. 

Jackson encouraged his followers to listen to Farrakhan during his speech on July 4. During that speech, Farrakhan warned people not to take a coronavirus vaccine. During that speech, he also stated an unsubstantiated claim that Bill Gates and Dr. Anthony Fauci were working on a vaccine so they can “depopulate the Earth.”

“They’re making money now, plotting to give seven billion, five-hundred million people a vaccination,” Farrakhan said. “Dr. Fauci, Bill Gates and Melinda — you want to depopulate the Earth. What the hell gave you that right? Who are you to sit down with your billion to talk about who can live, and who should die?”

Jackson’s posts were met with backlash. One notable voice was that of former Eagles president Joe Banner, who tweeted his displeasure about Jackson’s anti-Semitic messages.

The Eagles have not commented on the situation. Eagles beat reporter Les Bowen said, “I will eat my phone if DeSean Jackson hasn’t been persuaded to apologize profusely by Tuesday afternoon.” Bowen expects Jackson to pledge money in addition to an apology.

Published at Wed, 08 Jul 2020 00:32:47 +0000

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