Eagles condemn DeSean Jackson's posting of anti Semitic quote attributed to Hitler, Jackson apologie
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Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson apologized in a video Tuesday after posting anti-Semitic messages that he attributed to Adolf Hitler and Louis Farrakhan.
The Eagles, in a statement, said the team found Jackson’s posts “offensive, harmful and absolutely appalling,” and added that it will take appropriate action without specifying what that meant.
The statement also urged Jackson to use his platform to "take action to promote unity, equality and respect."
That could be an indication of perhaps the Eagles deciding whether or not to keep him on the team, or to levy a fine or a suspension, based on the sincerity of his apology and actions.
Jackson's apology came one day after posting a passage from a book supposedly quoting Hitler, although the quote isn't genuine. The quote was filled with anti-Semitic comments blaming Jews for the plight of Blacks.
Jackson's statement to go along with his video said: "Hitler has caused terrible pain to Jewish people like the pain African-Americans have suffered. We should be together fighting anti-Semitism and racism. This was a mistake to post this and I truly apologize for posting it and sorry for any hurt I have caused."
Then in the video, Jackson said: "I just want to first off, extend an apology on behalf of me and what I stand for because I never want to put any race down or any people down. My post was definitely not intended for anybody of any race to feel any type of way, especially the Jewish community. What I posted, I didn't mean it to the extent that you guys took it."
In his posts, Jackson also praised Farrakhan, the leader of a group called the Nation of Islam, who has made anti-Semitic comments for decades.
Jackson, at first, tried backtracking from the passages that he posted, writing Monday night, “Anyone who feels I have hate towards the Jewish community took my post the wrong way I have no hatred in my heart towards no-one!! Equality Equality.”
Jackson also tried blacking out some of the more offensive parts, but anti-Semitic tropes remained.
The Eagles, in their statement, said they had spoken to Jackson about his posts, and his apology followed soon after the team's statement came out.
ackson, who has made the Pro Bowl three times in his career, has had an active role in Eagles’ team meetings over the past several weeks in discussions on race relations stemming from the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 28.
Jackson praised white teammates including quarterback Carson Wentz and tight end Zach Ertz for immediately speaking out against systemic racism.
Jackson’s posts sparked criticism from former Eagles president Joe Banner, who is Jewish. He posted on Twitter on Monday night that, “If a white player said anything about (African-Americans) as outrageous as what Desean Jackson said about Jews, there would at least be a serious conversation about cutting him and a need for a team meeting to discuss. Which would be totally appropriate. Absolutely indefensible.“
Both Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman are Jewish.
The Eagles faced a similar situation in the summer of 2013 when former Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper, who is white, was caught on video using a racial epithet toward a security guard at a concert.
Cooper had to apologize to the entire team, and some Black teammates still harbored resentment toward him. Jackson was on that Eagles team.
Cooper was sent home for four days by former head coach Chip Kelly, but remained on the team.