CHICAGO, Il. (CBS) — Protests of the National Anthem has been one of the most talked about storylines of the early NFL season. It began in San Francisco, where quarterback Colin Kaepernick has refused to stand for the National Anthem in protest of the treatment of minorities in America.
That message is one that has spread across the NFL.
On Monday night, it spread to Chicago as the Eagles took on the Bears. Malcolm Jenkins told SportsRadio WIP last week that he believed several players would demonstrate during the Monday Night Football anthem and that happened.
Jenkins along with several teammates raised their fists in the air as the anthem played at Soldier Field.
On Friday, 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.”
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.”
Jenkins said that making a gesture was about continuing the discourse.
“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.”