After previously issuing multiple apologies for sharing anti-Semitic sentiment on his Instagram story, DeSean Jackson more recently liked another Instagram post that suggests he shouldn’t have had to apologize in the first place.
The following screenshot shows that Jackson liked on a post from Dr. Umar Johnson that includes the line “I pray for the day black men stop having to apologize for what we say” — (hat tip to r/Eagles).
The Eagles’ statement on Jackson’s original anti-Semitic post included the following:
“[...] we reiterated to DeSean the importance of not only apologizing, but also using his platform to take action to promote unity, equality, and respect. We are continuing to evaluate the circumstances and will take appropriate action.”
If we are to take this statement at face value, the Eagles are still in the process of evaluating Jackson’s behavior. One would figure the team is closely monitoring his further social media activity.
NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark previously reported that the Eagles told Jackson he needs to be active about promoting equality. Clark also added that Jackson and his representatives “have spoken to Rabbi Doniel Grodnitzky of Chabad Young Philly to help and DeSean will be educating himself.”
In related news, Jackson isn’t the only Eagles player under fire this week. Some of his teammates have interjected themselves into this story via social media interactions of their own.
Alshon Jeffery liked on and Marquise Goodwin commented in agreement on a post made by former NBA player Stephen Jackson earlier this week.
The preceding post followed a now-deleted post from Stephen that featured the following message:
“So I just read a statement that the Philadelphia Eagles posted regarding DeSean Jackson’s comments. He was trying to educate himself, educate people, and he’s speaking the truth. Right? He’s speaking the truth. You know he don’t hate nobody, but he’s speaking the truth of the facts that he knows and trying to educate others. But y’all don’t want us to educate ourselves. If it’s talking about the Black race, y’all ain’t saying nothing about it. They killing us, police killing us and treating us like s---, racism at an all-time high, but ain’t none of you NFL owners spoke up on that, ain’t none of you teams spoke up on that. But the same team had a receiver [Riley Cooper] who said the word n----- publicly! They gave him an extension! I play for the Big3. We have a Jewish owner. He understands where we stand and some of the things we say, but it’s not directed to him. It’s the way we’ve been treated.”
Stephen also claimed that DeSean told him the Eagles threatened to cut him.
Upon receiving backlash for his comments on Stephen’s post, Goodwin posted the following message of his own:
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I understand the Jewish community is mad at me for making a comment on Jacc page yesterday. I honestly don’t see how I was being insensitive or disrespectful, or even supportive of his previous message. I never once said i agreed or disagreed with anything! I never mentioned Adolf Hitler or anything regarding the Jewish community. My comment under DJacc post read, “I wish people commented this much on a BLM topic”... In NO WAY do I condone anything Hitler related, AS I STRONGLY BELIEVE HE WAS IN THE WRONG. We all SHOULD come together in times like these instead of dividing. NOW, THAT BEING SAID FEEL FREE TO COMMENT RESPECTFULLY BELOW. ALSO REMEMBER, at the end of the day I’m a man first, I don’t tolerate people threatening me by any means, so these disrespectful comments and threats need to stop.
Goodwin followed that up with another:
Malik Jackson also weighed in on the DeSean situation on Thursday morning. The following comment is located within Malik’s original post calling out NFL owners regarding the upcoming training camp start date:
Malik refers to Louis Farrakhan — whom DeSean praised in his original anti-Semitic post — as “honorable” and claims that DeSean posting a quote attributed to Adolf Hitler was meant to “invoke thought and conversation.”
All of this seems ... not good.