Philadelphia, PA – The Philadelphia Eagles announced that DeSean Jackson would be “penalized” and made to apologize for “conduct detrimental to the team” after the wide receiver posted anti-Semitic Hitler quotes to Instagram over 4th of July weekend.
Jackson posted a picture of three highlighted paragraphs in a book that were attributed to Hitler and appeared to endorse the vile passages, the Philly Voice reported.
WARNING: Jackson’s racist quotes are included below so that the public can be informed of how vile his posts were.
“Hitler said, ‘because the white Jews knows [sic] that the Negros are the real Children of Israel and to keep Americas secret the Jews will black mail America. The [sic] will extort America, their pan to world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were. The white citizens of America will be terrified to know that all this time they’ve been mistreating and discriminating and lynching Children of Israel,’” the football player posted.
Jackson also posted two pictures of notoriously anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, dubbed the “Black Hitler” by the chair of the Anti-Defamation League, and recommended everybody watch his hours-long speech, the Philly Voice reported.
“This man powerful I hope everyone got a chance to watch this !!” he posted. “Don’t be blinded. Know what’s going on.”
Then the wide receiver quoted Farrakhan, the Philly Voice reported.
“There must be 100% change… There’s a burden the Earth is carrying that it must be relieved from. The Earth is burdened by the wicked living on a planet that was made for the righteous,” Jackson posted.
Farrakhan recently referred to Jewish people who disagreed with his viewpoints as “termites,” the Philly Voice reported.
Social media went wild and outraged people took the Eagles player to task for quoting hate speech.
That’s when the wide receiver began posting and deleting a bizarre series of apologies for his earlier posts.
On July 6, Jackson posted that people who perceived the Hitler quote as anti-Semitic “took my post the wrong way.”
Then he shared the image of the passage once again, leaving only the following block of text: “The [sic] will extort America, their plan for world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were.”
The Philadelphia Eagles called Jackson’s post “offensive, harmful and absolutely appalling” and promised the team would take appropriate action, according to ESPN.
Both the team’s owner, Jeffrey Lurie, and general manager Howie Roseman are Jewish.
On Friday, the Philadelphia Eagles released a statement that said they had “penalized” the wide receiver, ESPN reported.
“This has been a difficult and emotional week for our community and organization,” the statement read. “The Philadelphia Eagles do not tolerate hate towards any individual or group. We believe in respect and equality for all races, ethnicities, and faiths. We as an organization want to help be an instrument for positive change. This can only occur through strong, deliberate actions and a commitment to learn and grow.”
“We have had a number of constructive conversations over the last few days, not only with DeSean Jackson, but also with many other players, members of the organization, and leaders in the community. That has led us to the point where we and he are ready to take the next steps,” it continued.
“Today we have penalized DeSean for conduct detrimental to the team,” the statement read. “He accepted these consequences and apologized. In our many conversations with him, it has also been made clear that this is only the beginning. We have discussed a concrete plan for how we and he can heal moving forward.”
“He understands that in order to remain on the team, he must also commit to supporting his words with actions,” the team continued. “We have been encouraged by his desire to educate himself, but we all understand that there is still a lot of work to be done. We will continue to assist DeSean in this process, and we also know that all of us in our organization need to listen and learn more about things that are unfamiliar or uncomfortable to us.”
“We must continue to fight against anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination, while not losing sight of the important battle against systemic racism,” the Eagles added.
Sources told ESPN that Jackson had been fined by the team.
A source also said that the wide receiver had committed to donating a large sum to Jewish organizations.
Jackson’s representatives have already reached out to a rabbi at Chabad Young Philly, ESPN reported.
On Saturday, he posted a picture of himself doing a video call with 94-year-old Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg.
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Today I had an opportunity to speak with 94 year old holocaust survivor Mr. Edward Mosberg. Thank you Mr. Mosberg for your valuable time and insight today . Im taking this time to continue with educating myself and bridging the gap between different cultures, communities & religions. LOVE 2 ALL!!!!! TO BE CONTINUED …..
He has reportedly accepted Mosberg’s invitation to tour Auschwitz.
“I grew up in Los Angeles, and never really spent time with anyone from the Jewish community and didn’t know much about their history, this has been such a powerful experience for me to learn and educate myself,” he said on the call, according to the Jerusalem Post.