Malcolm Jenkins: Arguments over DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic posts ‘a distraction'


In a brief Instagram video Friday, former Eagles safety and current New Orleans Saint Malcolm Jenkins publicly addressed DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic social media posts.

Jenkins called Jackson's comments "wrong", while also calling for an unspecified group to "stay focused".

Here's the full transcription of the video:

We gotta stay focused. All of this back and forth that's going on right now is a distraction. Comments were made, and they were wrong. Allow those who were impacted by it to voice their grievances.

But we've got to stay focused. Because Breonna Taylor's killers are still not arrested. We're still fighting for justice. We've got a lot of work to do. And this ain't it. Stay focused.

Jenkins also included this caption with the video:

We can honor the Jewish heritage and trauma while staying focused on what matters. Jewish people aren’t our problem, and we aren’t their problem. Let’s not lose focus on what the problem truly is, and that’s that black lives still don’t matter in this country.

Push this energy toward arresting and convicting the killers of Breonna Taylor and burning systemic racism to the ground.

Jackson cited a fake Hitler quote and anti-Semitic sentiment from Louis Farrakhan in a series of social media posts earlier this week, all of which the Eagles called "absolutely appalling" in a statement.

Jackson has publicly apologized multiple times, and he's committed to working towards a better understanding of anti-Semitism, but also seemingly pushed back against some criticism on Instagram.

Elsewhere, Eagles defensive lineman Malik Jackson defended Jackson's decision to quote Farrakhan, and outspoken former NBA player Stephen Jackson defended Jackson, saying the wide receiver shouldn't have to apologize or be threatened with termination by his employer.

Another former Eagle, Chris Long, called the entire situation a "f*****g disaster" earlier this week.

At this point, it's hard to disagree.

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