Malcolm Jenkins: Some Eagles Players To Show Displeasure During MNF National Anthem

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One of the biggest storylines of the start of the NFL season has been the protest taking place in some NFL cities, with players not standing for the National Anthem. They are are protesting the treatment and oppression of minorities in America.

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The protest was started during the preseason by Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. Kaepernick has not stood for an anthem since and has been joined by teammates and players throughout the league, including Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos.

The protest has not played a part in an Eagles game to this point, but according to a key leader on the team, that could change soon.

On Friday, Malcolm Jenkins joined Glen Macnow and Jody McDonald on 94WIP ahead of their match up with the Bears on Monday Night Football.

“There has been league-wide discussion about this topic,” Jenkins said of the protest. “There’s a lot of guys that want to speak out and want to be a part of the movement, but just aren’t sure about which way they want to go about doing that.”

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Jenkins made it clear that players on the Eagles, including himself, have strong feelings about the message behind the protest and have discussed taking part it in. “We got guys, especially myself, who feel very strongly about the topic and last week, we talked about doing some stuff, but we wanted to make sure that we didn’t do anything to take away from the folks, and the families that suffered from 9/11. We didn’t want to mess with that day.”

With that day behind us…”moving forward, I’m sure that there will be guys that will probably join in,” Jenkins said.

Will you be one of those guys?

“Most likely,” Jenkins said. He added that perhaps himself, and other members of the team, will “definitely,” do something to show their feelings toward the subject during the anthem on Monday night.

Jenkins understands the tension connected to the topic and clarified why he will take part in expressing his feelings. “For me, it has nothing to do with this country, or the flag, or the anthem itself. Really, it’s just to continue to push for the conversation about social injustice…that’s a range of things from police brutality to wages and job opportunities, education. It’s just a lot of things set up systematically in this country, since its inception, that really puts minorities, especially African-Americans, at a disadvantage.”

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Jenkins says his hope is to keep that conversation going and to push it to as many people as possible. “The more players that join in, the further this conversation goes,” Jenkins explained.

The Eagles safety said that he discussed some of the player’s opinions on the topic with Coach Doug Pederson. “He was o.k. with it. He understands that we have the right to express our feelings and use our voices in whatever way we want to.”

In fact, Pederson told reporters on Saturday that he would participate if there’s a teamwide protest of the national anthem.

“If they want to do something teamwide, I’d definitely be for that. I think it just shows unity and there’s no division that way. I think it sends a great message, from our standpoint,” the coach said. “We love this country and what it represents and the flag and the national anthem and everything. Listen, we’re not perfect, obviously, and for us to stand sort of united that way, I’d be OK for that.”

So, what exactly will some Eagles players do?

“I’m not sure,” Jenkins said. “I still want to talk to some of my teammates.” He added that a decision has not been made as to whether or not they will do something as a team, or as individuals. “But, I doubt that we’ll have anybody kneeling,” Jenkins said.

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One Comment

  1. Me says:

    If you don’t like our country or our way leave, we love our country, our prayers,our songs, and our believes . Stand up pray, help to make life better

  2. John Oakman says:

    If these Idiots had Brains they would be normal.

  3. Johnn Stephano says:

    If Mr Lorry allows this to happen, Not standing for our National Anthem and the American flag, I will never go to another Eagles game nor watch on TV. They will be dead to me.I served in the military and I had comrades die for our Flag. This is a total disgrace.
    Pederson is just as Jenkins.

    1. SantaFeSteve says:

      If they lose revenue the owners will grow a pair but not before. It is no fun being an African American but it is no fun being Jewish or Hispanic or Native American. There is no oppression in the U.S. there is bias. Attacking the U.S. does not reduce bias but increases it. I certainly now have more negative attitudes towards Blacks than before Kaepernick and that is not fair to the African American Community. They do not deserve these rich fools.

  4. MikeBuildsUSA says:

    They are HONORING the assassination attempt on 2 Philly cops and the bombers and slashers of the past week. These demonstrations have introduced me to Netflix as I haven’t watched a game this season.

  5. Vince says:

    The Team Owners should step up and say……”Stay in the locker room during the anthem if you dis agree with it.” The over paid players should realize they are disrespecting their team & league by doing this protest. Let them go and work at Wal-Mart for 10 $ an hour.
    # All Lives Matter

  6. R. Burns says:

    It’s really ashame that our society in general, including the sports teams aren’t protesting all of the police killings, looting and destroying private property at the BLM protests along with all of the signs at the BLM protests with the slogans about killing police officers and now my beloved Eagles who have a chance to stand out and be a cut above all the rest are going join in and be a part of all of this nonsense, DiSGUSTING. I’m all for free speech and our constitutional rights but this is not the forum or the way to bring awareness to your cause. I had hopes of my football team the Philadelphia Eagles being leaders and not followers. Shame on you Jeffrey Lurie AND Doug Pederson. This is a national embarrassment for our city, our team and the fans.

  7. Lisa says:

    Unreal !!!! Cops are getting ambushed shot at and killed !!!! So is that ok ????

  8. dirty rotten traitors.. everyone needs to turn their backs on the Eagles like they have turned their back on America… don’t buy merchandise, don’t attend, don’t watch on television. boycott any product that allows these traitors to be their spokesperson. goodbye you creeps

  9. Notice how far Trump’s poll numbers have surged since the anti America protests have started? People are rejecting this behavior and the goals of the protestors.

  10. AntiOrc says:

    Thank God I turned off the NFL years ago. I don’t know how people can stand to watch all of the monkeyshines.

  11. Ed Laney says:

    Cut their high pay—-they are paid too much now—–

  12. Tim Lister says:

    Ah yes, these players want to “push for the conversation” which almost universally translates to “I’m going to yell and scream and stamp my feet until everyone agrees with everything I believe about my pet issue even if it’s factually incorrect”. This is especially true when used by a celebrity who has hopped on the ol’ social justice bandwagon, aka the “short bus” as it’s known to the rest of us who have the audacity to get our information about the world from sources other than lame YouTube videos backed by terrible ukelele music, a few random hashtags on Twitter, long-winded and poorly written Facebook posts, or, worst of all, Tumblr.

    Fine, tell them they can do whatever they want. But also dock their massive 10,000% above the national average paychecks for each game they end up ruining with their silly and ironically self-promoting antics, then don’t lift a finger to defend them when their sponsors start disappearing in droves. Hopefully, that little dose of reality will make them change their tune pretty quick.

  13. Tom Kearney says:

    Amazing how this Eagle waits until he goes on the road to do this….knowing full well the fans at the Linc would boo him into the next century.

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