Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins Uses Signs, Not Words, To Deliver Message
Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins didn't have anything to say about his team being uninvited from the White House during today's media availability. Instead, Jenkins silently held up handwritten signs in response to questions being asked by reporters today.
According to ESPN, some the signs read:
"You aren't listening"
"More than 60% people in prison are people color"
"Any given night 500,000 sit in jail. Convicted? No. Too Poor? Yes #EndCashBail"
"Chris Long gave his entire year's salary to educational initiatives"
"Colin Kaepernick gave $1 million to charity"
"Devin McCourty Duron Harmon, Matt Slater and Johnson Bademosi lobbied to raise the age from 7 to 12 entering the criminal justice system"
"in 2018 439 people shot and killed by police (thus far)"
On Tuesday, Jenkins released a lengthy statement regarding the Eagles being uninvited from the White House, in which he said the decision to cancel their celebratory visit was "made to lie, and paint the picture that these players are anti-America, anti-flag and anti-military." The statement also highlighted efforts by his teammate Chris Long and others around the league who have met with police departments, elected ficials and community advocates across the country.
Both Jenkins and Long were scheduled to do some community events in D.C. on Tuesday while other members the team visited the White House, but when the visit was cancelled the team shut down the entire trip. However, both players intend to reschedule the community events and “100% they will happen,” according to ABC News correspondent Karen Travers.