Malcolm Jenkins never said a word, and he wants everyone to hear it.
The Eagles safety conducted his media session Wednesday by holding up a series of signs, ensuring his message was enunciated clearly a day after the Super Bowl champions were not honored by the White House, who instead held a “celebration of the national anthem” rally.
One by one, Jenkins lifted a sign to the assembled reporters, the largest-typed one being: “You aren’t listening.”
On Monday, President Trump’s White House uninvited the Eagles, at least those who were set to attend the bash, which reportedly was a low number. The White House cited the players disagreeing “with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart.” None of the Eagles knelt for the anthem last season, and the White House has painted the team and NFL as unpatriotic.
“Chris Long gave his entire year’s salary to educational initiatives,” read a notecard Jenkins held up. “Colin Kaepernick gave $1 million to charity. Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon, Matt Slater and Johnson Bebeski lobbied to raise the age from 7 to 12 entering the criminal justice system.”
He touched on racial problems in the United States, which the protests during the national anthem are intended to shed light on.
“More than 60% of people in prison are people of color,” Jenkins wrote. “Nearly 200,000 juveniles enter the adult criminal system each year, most for non-violent crimes #stopschoolpipelinetoprison.”
In “Love Actually” fashion directed to a deeply serious issue, Jenkins wrote: “In 2018, 439 people shot and killed by police (thus far). Any given night 500,000 sit in jail convicted? No. Too poor? Yes. #endcashbail.”
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