Eagles reveal punishment for DeSean Jackson’s anti-Semitic comments
DeSean Jackson caused controversy over the past week after making questionable anti-Semitic comments on Instagram last weekend. After gathering more information, the Philadelphia Eagles have revealed their punishment for Jackson’s anti-Semitic comments, per the team’s official Twitter account.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) July 10, 2020
While the Eagles have penalized Jackson for conduct detrimental to the team, it remains to be seen what his punishment is, exactly. Instead of releasing him — like some people thought the organization should have done — Philadelphia is keeping him on the roster. The team is hoping that Jackson continues to educate himself and make changes with his actions moving forward.
On Monday, it was revealed that Jackson made anti-Semitic comments on Instagram over the July 4 weekend. Among his posts, Jackson cited a fake Adolf Hitler quote and proceeded to praise Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, is known to be anti-Semitic and homophobic.
As a result of Jackson’s actions, plenty of Eagles fans were concerned with the message he was conveying. Furthermore, the veteran wide receiver’s decision to post the quotes offended the Jewish community.
After realizing he made a mistake, Jackson issued multiple apologies toward the Jewish community and others he may have hurt in the process. At the same time, it was alarming to see the lack of NFL players condemn what Jackson posted on his social media.
However, Zach Banner and Julian Edelman were among the players to share their thoughts on the matter. Edelman, a member of the Jewish community himself, extended an offer to Jackson to educate him on the Jewish heritage.
Despite the glaring mistake he made, Jackson deserves the chance to grow as a person from this situation. Even though the Eagles are being vague about what his punishment entails, he’s been penalized nonetheless.