Eagles WR Marquise Goodwin claims Jewish community is ‘lashing out’ at him
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson caused quite a stir on Tuesday after posting anti-Semitic messages on his Instagram account. Jackson apologized, though the initial apology was rather defensive and shallow in nature, eventually prompting another apology later Tuesday night.
New Eagles wideout Marquise Goodwin commented on Jackson’s first post, saying he wished the Black Lives Matter movement would generate such discourse.
Of course, most of the comments decried the passages and quotes Jackson selected, given they came from Adolf Hitler. As such, Goodwin’s own comment might have seemed insensitive. It appears fans feel that way. Goodwin took to Instagram on Wednesday to address members of the Jewish community, apparently “lashing out” at him following his comments on Jackson’s post.
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I understand the Jewish community is mad at me for making a comment on Jacc page yesterday. I honestly don’t see how I was being insensitive or disrespectful, or even supportive of his previous message. I never once said i agreed or disagreed with anything! I never mentioned Adolf Hitler or anything regarding the Jewish community. My comment under DJacc post read, “I wish people commented this much on a BLM topic”… In NO WAY do I condone anything Hitler related, AS I STRONGLY BELIEVE HE WAS IN THE WRONG. We all SHOULD come together in times like these instead of dividing. NOW, THAT BEING SAID FEEL FREE TO COMMENT RESPECTFULLY BELOW. ALSO REMEMBER, at the end of the day I’m a man first, I don’t tolerate people threatening me by any means, so these disrespectful comments and threats need to stop.
Goodwin attempted to clarify his own statement, but he also sparked a dialogue both respect to his own words as well as Jackson’s misguided post.
The Eagles immediately disavowed Jackson’s comments, and they will undoubtedly monitor any developing situations. This is the same franchise that committed to having an open dialogue in the last few months, with team owner Jeffrey Lurie leading a team meeting on race in June.
Philadelphia acquired Goodwin from the San Francisco 49ers during draft weekend in April and will hope the speedster can stay healthy and infuse playmaking into the receiving corps.
Goodwin had a breakout year in 2017, with 962 yards receiving on 17.2 yards per reception. But he has played just 20 games combined in the last two years and eventually lost a starting spot with the Niners in 2019.
The Eagles will look for Goodwin to be productive in 2020. They will also continue to encourage more productive discourse among players and staff.