DeSean Jackson, a broad recipient of the Philadelphia Eagles, said he had no hatred of the Jewish community and apologized after posting an anti-Semitic message on social media Monday that he admired for Adolf Hitler and the leader of the Nation of Islam attributed to Louis Farrakhan.
The Eagles responded Tuesday, calling Jackson’s posts “offensive, harmful, and absolutely horrific,” and said the team would take “appropriate action”. Team owner Jeffrey Lurie and General Manager Howie Roseman are Jews.
Jackson spoke to Lurie late Tuesday afternoon, a source told Tim McManus of ESPN, expressing his deep disappointment with his player. Jackson expressed a desire to continue educating and working directly with the Jewish community. A short time later, his camp contacted the rabbi in Chabad Young Philly and discussed ways for Jackson to donate and work with them.
The controversy arose from Jackson̵
He also shared two posts on Instagram – Saturday and Monday – expressing his admiration for Farrakhan, which the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center identified as anti-Semitic. These posts have since been deleted.
“We spoke to DeSean Jackson about his social media posts,” said the Eagles in their statement. “Regardless of his intentions, the messages he shared were offensive, harmful, and absolutely horrific. They have no place in our society and are in no way tolerated or endorsed by the organization.
“We are disappointed and have re-emphasized DeSean the importance of not only apologizing but also using its platform to take measures to promote unity, equality and respect. We continue to assess the circumstances and will take appropriate action take. We take this action. ” very serious and are determined to continue having productive and meaningful conversations with DeSean and all of our players and staff to educate, learn and grow. “
Jackson has already spoken to Roseman and is due to speak to Lurie later on Tuesday, a source Tim McManus from ESPN said. So far, no discussion of suspension or termination has been with Jackson, a source added.
Tim McManus explains how the Eagles organization responded to DeSean Jackson’s anti-Semitic post in his Instagram story.
The NFL released a statement on Tuesday calling Jackson’s comments “highly inappropriate, offensive and divisive” and in stark contrast to the NFL’s values of respect, equality and inclusion. The league said it had contacted the Eagles on this matter.
Jackson posted an apology on Instagram on Tuesday that he “really didn’t know what this passage was [attributed to Hitler] said “and that he” apologized for the injuries I caused. “
“First of all, I want to apologize for myself and what I stand for because … I never want to get a race or people out of the way,” Jackson said in the video. “My post was definitely not meant to make anyone of any race feel anything, especially the Jewish community. What I posted was definitely not what you thought it was, and I just wanted to let you know that I am very apologetic, and I just want you to understand that it was never intended … to put down any race or religion.
“… I probably should never have posted anything Hitler did because Hitler was a bad person, and I know that. I was just trying to uplift African Americans and slavery and educate my people … I have it not done.” I do not intend to harm or hate people. … I am for love and I expand it every day. “
Jackson and Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz have spoken, a source told ESPN after Wentz tried to understand where Jackson came from.
After receiving criticism on social media, Jackson said Monday that the posts were “wrong”.
“Anyone who feels I hate the Jewish community has taken my post wrong,” he wrote in his Instagram story along with the highlighted passage attributed to Hitler. “I have no hatred in my heart for anyone !! Equality. Equality.”
In the end, he added emojis in multiple skin tones with his fist raised.
The Philadelphia Anti-Defamation League asked Jackson on social media Tuesday to “apologize immediately” and learn more about Farrakhan’s “disturbing story of hatred and anti-Semitism”.
The organization later responded to Jackson’s apology and the Eagles’ sharp condemnation of the broad recipient’s original Instagram posts.
ADL thanks @ DeSeanJackson10 for the # anti-Semitic posts on his Instagram and the condemnation of @Eagles. We hope that he uses this moment as an opportunity to work with the Jewish community and learn more about how dangerous and hurtful anti-Semitism is.
– ADL Philadelphia (@ADLPhiladelphia), July 7, 2020
The Eagles signed a three-year contract with Jackson in March 2019. It is his second assignment in the team.