Malcolm Jenkins would be willing to risk playing if it meant standing up for his beliefs by sitting out the national anthem. The Philadelphia Eagles safety says he wouldn’t budge if owner Jeffrey Lurie made statements like Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones did on Sunday, Oct. 8. Jones said if players do “are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play. Period.”
“If [Lurie] were to put out such a statement I’d continue my demonstration because my demonstration is in no way disrespectful to our flag, our country or our service members. Neither is anybody in the league who is kneeling,” Jenkins tells NBC Sports Philadelphia. “I think we’ve made that very, very clear — that what we are demonstrating about has nothing to do with the flag. But everything to do with social injustice, racial inequality and the things that Jerry Jones and other owners who are making statements have yet to address.”
Malcolm Jenkins’ Political Activism
It makes sense that Jenkins wouldn’t back down from his demonstration. The Whizzer White award winner has more than earned the recognition for community outreach. He’s been protesting police brutality since last season. And in March, he took action and visited with Congress in to push for reform in police departments.
“And so I’d love to hear [other owners’] takes on that part of the conversation, what these players are trying to draw attention to,” Jenkins says to NBC. “Their thoughts on police brutality and racial inequality, education gap, the economical gap in these communities that they make money in. And I’d love to hear that part of the conversation so that it’s not so argumentative, that it’s not isolating the players who are trying to do the right thing with the platform that they have.”