Saints Safety Malcolm Jenkins Says DeSean Jackson’s Posts Were ‘Wrong’: ‘Jewish People Are Not Our Problem, and We Aren’t Their Problem’

July 10, 2020
MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 31: NFL safety Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles speaks onstage during day 3 of SiriusXM at Super Bowl LIV on January 31, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM )

New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins said in a July 10 Instagram post and video that Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson’s Instagram posts invoking a fake Adolf Hitler quote and glorifying Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan were “wrong” and that “Jewish people are not our problem.”

Jenkins, a former teammate of Jackson’s on the Eagles and a CNN analyst, said in the video, “Comments were made, and they were wrong. Allow those who were impacted by it to voice their grievances. But we gotta stay focused, because Breonna Taylor’s killers are still not arrested. We’re still fighting for justice.”

Below the video is a caption that reads, “We can honor the Jewish heritage and trauma while staying focused on what matters. Jewish people aren’t our problem, and we aren’t their problem. Let’s not lose focus on what the problem truly is, and that’s that black lives don’t matter in this country.”


NFL reporter Dov Kleiman criticized Jenkins’ Instagram post, arguing that it appeared that Jenkins wasn’t showing concern for the Jewish community.

“Jenkins is trying to send a ‘stay focused’ message but we can all do both,” Kleiman wrote. “We can be against racism towards black people and against anti-Semitism against Jewish people at the same time. You can’t chose to ignore one — you are either against hate or you aren’t. Period.”


Eagles reporter and analyst Geoff Mosher, on the other hand, tweeted that Jenkins likely meant that the Black community and Jewish community aren’t enemies.

“He used [the word] ‘problem,’ ” Mosher wrote. “Some have interpreted that as not each other’s ‘concern.’ There’s a big difference. Obviously, I can’t speak for Malcolm. Just my interpretation.”


Jenkins retweeted Mosher’s tweet.

Former offensive lineman and sports radio host Geoff Schwartz tweeted, “The distraction is because almost no one has said ‘Those comments were anti-Semitic and there’s no place for them.’ That’s it. That’s all anyone was asking for. Just denounce bigotry when you see it.”

Schwartz acknowledged in a follow-up tweet that he “can buy that when Jenkins said ‘we aren’t their problem’ as saying we aren’t enemies.”

Greg Price, who works for the conservative website Daily Caller’s social media team, noted that Jenkins had previously “made a tearful video criticizing Drew Brees when he said that kneeling for the anthem is disrespectful.” Drew Brees is the Saints quarterback.


Jackson has issued two apologies on his social media posts. ESPN reporter Adam Schefter tweeted on July 10 that Jackson “met with a group against anti-Semitism yesterday and he’s meeting with a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor today. He’s trying to educate himself.”

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