The Philadelphia Eagles officially issued an updated statement on DeSean Jackson’s status on Friday evening.
This has been a difficult and emotional week for our community and organization.
The Philadelphia Eagles do not tolerate hate towards any individual or group. We believe in respect and equality for all races, ethnicities, and faiths. We as an organization want to help be an instrument for positive change. This can only occur through strong, deliberate actions and a commitment to learn and grow.
We have had a number of constructive conversations over the last few days, not only with DeSean Jackson, but also with many other players, members of the organization, and leaders in the community. That has led us to the point where we and he are ready to take the next steps.
Today we have penalized DeSean for conduct detrimental to the team. He accepted these consequences and apologized. In our many conversations with him, it has also been made clear that this is only the beginning. We have discussed a concrete plan for how we and he can heal moving forward. He understands that in order to remain on the team, he must also commit to supporting his words with actions. We have been encouraged by his desire to educate himself, but we all understand that there is still a lot of work to be done. We will continue to assist DeSean in this process, and we also know that all of us in our organization need to listen and learn more about things that are unfamiliar or uncomfortable to us.
We must continue to fight against anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination, while not losing sight of the important battle against systemic racism.
So, the Eagles decided to fine Jackson (it’s unclear exactly how much) for his misstep, but apparently they will not be releasing or suspending him.
For now, at least.
The Eagles’ statement does not entirely rule out further discipline and does mandate that Jackson must back up his apologies with meaningful action.
On that front, Jackson reportedly met with “a group against anti-Semitism” on Thursday and with a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor on Friday. New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who is Jewish, said Jackson and he are planning to use their experiences to educate one another.
The Eagles are clearly expecting Jackson to show growth off the field. They’re also still counting on him in a big way on the field as the big play threat he’s proved to be.
UPDATE: Jackson posted his meeting with holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg on Instagram.
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Today I had an opportunity to speak with 94 year old holocaust survivor Mr. Edward Mosberg. Thank you Mr. Mosberg for your valuable time and insight today . Im taking this time to continue with educating myself and bridging the gap between different cultures, communities & religions. LOVE 2 ALL!!!!! TO BE CONTINUED .....