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DeSean Jackson issues apology after sharing quotes attributed to Adolf Hitler on Instagram [UPDATE]

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UPDATE: DeSean Jackson has also now released an apology for his posts.

Over the July 4th weekend, Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson took to Instagram to share some thoughts by Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan — including, in a second post, a highlighted passage attributed to Adolf Hitler.

Farrakhan spoke at length over the holiday weekend about topics ranging from police brutality and racism, to COVID-19, apparently drawing Jackson’s interest. There’s also some question as to authenticity of the entire quote attributed to Hitler, as well as a lot of other content put out by Farrakhan.

As explained by Kevin Kinkead at Crossing Board:

Just two years ago he had a Facebook video removed after comparing Jews to “termites,” and pro-Hitler comments can be traced all the way back to the 1980s. Farrakhan is a total whack job who says some of the most insane things you will ever hear.

Jackson got back on Instagram Monday, to clarify his initial post, and then to repost the attributed Hitler comments with parts retracted to emphasize what he deemed the main point.

Former Eagles president Joe Banner, who is Jewish, said that Jackson’s post was “absolutely indefensible” and there should be serious discussions about the situation within the organization.

The Eagles have released a statement regarding the social media posts by DeSean Jackson, and are “continuing to evaluate the circumstances and will take appropriate action”.

Additionally, the NFL has released a state on Jackson’s behavior, which is deferring to the Eagles to address internally.

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