Tonight, the majority of preseason games started around the National Football League. That meant on multiple fields, the national anthem would play. But it also meant that we’d see players make their choice for the first time. Would they stay in the locker room or go onto the field to present a “united” front?
Well Malcolm Jenkins, safety for the reigning champion Philadelphia Eagles, isn’t going to stop protesting. In fact, he’s going to keep raising his fist during the anthem. And he’s going to call out the hypocrisy of the league in the process. Before the game, he shared some thoughts on Twitter.
“Before we enjoy this game lets take some time to ponder that more than 60% of the prison population are people of color. The NFL is made up of 70% African Americans. What you witness on the field does not represent the reality of everyday
America. We are the anomalies…”
This is why players protest. And no, it’s not out of hatred for the anthem.
Back in July, Jenkins went after Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. As we know, Jones wants all of his players to stand for the anthem. If they don’t, the team may go out of their way to punish players. Whether it’d be with a fine or suspension, we don’t know. But Jenkins is sick and tired of the “bully.”
“There’s always this kind of, speaking out of both ends from the league, [like] we support our players but then you put in a policy to take away their voices. Hopefully you’ll have the majority of owners speak out on whatever side of this that they actually stand,” Jenkins recently said.
Then he singled Jones out by name.
“When you have owners like Jerry Jones who speak so strongly and who has drawn his line in the sand and has been very vocal about it, and you’ve had other owners be very quiet, Jerry Jones is now the voice of NFL ownership. So unless you have some other owners come out with some definitive statements and support, they’re going to allow Jerry Jones to push the narrative of not only NFL owners but the NFL as a whole.”
This is where we are now. Whether you like it or not, this isn’t going away anytime soon. There’s ONE big reason for that. Jenkins is going to keep protesting the way he knows how. The way he believes in. He’s going to keep raising his fist. And whatever you do, don’t call it a distraction. After all, the Eagles just won the Super Bowl.
How distracting can it possibly be?