Phila. Eagles Players Plan National Anthem Protest For Monday Night Football
Some members of the Philadelphia Eagles plan to demonstrate their criticisms regarding race-related issues on Monday Night Football this week, a top defensive player on the team said.
The reported decision comes following similar public displays of dissent from players like 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and soccer player Megan Rapinoe.
Safety Malcolm Jenkins told sports radio WIP that the players involved delayed their plans one week “to make sure we didn’t…take away from the families that suffered from 9/11.”
“Everyone wants to be a part of it, and I feel like it’s no different on our team,” he told the station, according to NBC Sports.
Jenkins said minorities have been disadvantaged since the United States’ founding, adding that it “has nothing to do with this country or the flag or the anthem.”
“Really it’s just to continue to push forward the conversation about social injustice. And that’s… a range of things from police brutality to wages and job opportunities and education.”
Jenkins discussed the team’s reported plan with new head coach Doug Pederson, a former backup quarterback to Brett Favre in Green Bay, who said he is “OK with it”, according to the All-Pro defender.
It remains unclear what demonstration the players will undertake during the game, but Jenkins told the Philadelphia Inquirer last month that, at the time, he did not plan to take a knee during the anthem.
"For myself, we stand there and we stand for the national anthem...
Sometimes, those thoughts go through your mind, 'do I actually want to acknowledge this?'
Because you might be upset about what's going on.
But me, personally, I have a lot of friends that serve.
My grandfather served. And this is a country that I love.
The Eagles face the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Monday.