As the Eagles plan a demonstration during the national anthem before Monday night’s game, their coach is fully on board.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson said today that he’ll join in if all of his players link arms as a unified team, as the Seahawks did last week.
“If it was team-wide, if they wanted to do something team-wide, I’d definitely be for that,” Pederson said. “I think it shows unity and there’s no division that way, and I think it sends a great message that from our standpoint, the National Football League and the platform and the individuals, we love this country and what it represents and the flag and the national anthem and everything. Listen, we’re not perfect, obviously, and for us to stand united that way, I’d go for that.”
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said he and his teammates have been discussing a demonstration “to push for the conversation about social injustice.” Jenkins said they chose not to make any statement during the anthem last week because they did not want their statement to be misinterpreted on 9/11.