“Having spent years running non-profits and supporting grassroots organizations to address the inequalities of our criminal justice system, educational system and disparate wealth in our marginalized communities, I believe I can be a voice for other athlete activists and those who have dedicated their lives to changing legislation, policies and reforms for human equality. Now more than ever, the public needs to be educated on the roles of elected positions of power, such as the District Attorney, Police Chief or City Council and how to hold those individuals accountable, especially through their voice and their vote. In an important election year, I’m eager to join the CNN family and share my perspective as a regular contributor.”
Jenkins has previously appeared on CNN, including an interview with Anderson Cooper during the 2017 season. A number of those topics discussed back then are still extremely relevant to the race relations issues that are taking place in the United States today.
Jenkins made headlines earlier this month when he called out fellow teammate Drew Brees for missing the message when it comes to national anthem demonstrations. Jenkins was also seen marching in the George Floyd protests in Philadelphia.
Now working for CNN, Jenkins will have an even bigger platform to share his perspective.