Green Bay Packers linebacker, Preston Smith, is the latest NFL player to post a message from anti-Semitic preacher Louis Farrakhan on his social media.
The 27-year-old Smith shared a Farrakhan video on his Instagram stories from another account on Friday. In the video, Farrakhan warns his “brothers and sisters in Africa” against vaccination. Farrakhan accuses Bill and Melinda Gates of wanting to depopulate the earth, a conspiracy theory that has been circulated on social media and online forums since the US coronavirus pandemic in March.
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It is unclear whether Smith, who visited Mississippi State and is starting his sixth season in the NFL, actually saw the video. He is the youngest to have anything to do with Farrakhan, who, according to the Anti-Defamation League, made false claims that Jews “owned many plantations” and were involved, among other things, in the slave trade.
In 2018, Farrakhan said in a speech: “The Jews were responsible for all this filth and the degenerate behavior that Hollywood triggers: turning men into women and women into men.”
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But the continued excitement over Farrakhan’s claims has not stopped some NFL players from sharing or defending his comments.
The Philadelphia Eagles recipient, DeSean Jackson, triggered a firestorm earlier this week when he shared a quote that was wrongly attributed to Adolf Hitler and published Farrakhan videos and quotes. In a caption, Jackson wrote: “This powerful man, I hope everyone has a chance to see this !! Don’t be blinded. Know what’s going on. “
While Jackson was contrite in his apology and took the opportunity to learn about Jewish history, his teammate Malik Jackson defended him in a comment on Instagram on Thursday.
“The honorable Farrakhan is nothing more than this hideous scum Hitler. He speaks the truth and believes in protecting yourself and that scares your racist. 2. d Jack didn’t quote anyone he photographed or [sic] a book that should stimulate thought and entertainment. “
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New Orleans Saints defender Malcolm Jenkins, one of the league’s active social justice activists, discussed the anti-Semitic contributions by DeSean Jackson in a video and called it a “distraction.”
In the headline of his video, Jenkins wrote: “We can honor the Jewish heritage and trauma while we focus on the essentials. Jewish people are not our problem and we are not their problem. Let’s not lose focus on what the problem really is, and that’s that black lives still don’t matter in this country. Push that energy to arrest and condemn Breonna Taylor’s killers and burn down systemic racism. “
The Eagles disciplined DeSean Jackson for his posts, but did not release him.
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“DeSean’s comments were highly inadequate, offensive and divisive, and in stark contrast to the NFL’s values of respect, equality and inclusion,” said a DeSean statement. “