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Malcolm Jenkins: “If your heart’s in the right place, it’s easy to do it”

Chicago Bears kicker Connor Barth (4) reacts after missing a field goal during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Chicago. At right is Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins (27). (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) AP

When he decided to lead a protest, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins knew people would be watching him.

But he admitted the feeling he got when he and three teammates raised their fists during the national anthem last night was something he didn’t expect, and that the idea of a teamwide demonstration began to feel inappropriate to him.

It’s a lonely feeling,” Jenkins said, via Dave Zangaro of CSNPhilly.com. “But I wouldn’t change anything. It’s definitely, you feel like you’re out there on the edge. You understand the consequences that will come, but at the end of the day, if your heart’s in the right place, it’s easy to do it.”

Of course, Jenkins was far from alone, as Ron Brooks and Steven Means were on either side of him, and Marcus Smith was standing elsewhere on the sideline. Eagles coach Doug Pederson said he had no problem with it.

“You immediately understand what the issue is when you see a black man raise his fist,” Jenkins said. “You kind of know what the topic is about. I wanted to make sure that was clear. It had nothing to do with necessarily disrespecting the flag or not representing the country. The issue is about the treatment of African Americans and minorities in this country, when you talk about social injustice.”

Jenkins said they discussed kneeling like 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but chose not to, and that the group demonstration wasn’t the direction the ultimately settled on.

“There were some other suggestions about doing some things as a full team,” Jenkins said. “But sometimes when you look at it and you want to create an impact, holding hands or locking arms doesn’t address the actual issue. Although it looks great because you’re all together, the honest truth about it, some guys on the team actually don’t care about the issues, which is fine. We wanted to make sure that whatever we did, if we were going to step out and stand up for something, that it was impactful and actually stuck to the message.”

Jenkins said he continued to plan to do the same thing in the future.

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22 Responses to “Malcolm Jenkins: “If your heart’s in the right place, it’s easy to do it””
  1. bigace73 says: Sep 20, 2016 6:15 AM

    This i understand & respect. Kneeling or refusing to stand is almost like saying you disrespect everyone..in other words, yes you have been wronged but 2 wrongs dont make anything right. Just like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr once said..”Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that..& Hate cannot drive out hate, only live can do that. It is still one of the most beautiful quotes ever. Dont disrespect the flag or America because you have been disrespected by some..however, stand proudly and be heard because by kneeling and showing disrespect, you will become what you despise.

  2. jdphx says: Sep 20, 2016 6:22 AM

    Looks like 49 of your teamies thought otherwise…

  3. rutchaser says: Sep 20, 2016 6:33 AM

    Ok and how many blacks shot each other this weekend? Is that what you are protesting? Until then, you don’t have my attention.

  4. shaggyjeff says: Sep 20, 2016 7:10 AM

    It’s better than kneeling imo

  5. ramfanmatt says: Sep 20, 2016 7:15 AM

    So raising a fist solves the problem how? The fist doesn’t bother me, the sitting does. I just think it’s lazy of these protesters if all they are doing is protesting and not putting their money and time where there mouth is.

  6. suncawy says: Sep 20, 2016 7:30 AM

    Getting ridiculous that players are actually thinking and talking about what they should do during the national anthem cermony. If they were actually really that concerned about social injustice, why arent they talking about what they can do to get involved to make an impact ?

  7. illmatic8582 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:08 AM

    Thank you for for your duty to your country

  8. scrap7681 says: Sep 20, 2016 9:11 AM

    #BoycottNFL

  9. liverpoolred04 says: Sep 20, 2016 9:17 AM

    Annnnnnnnnnnnnnd we still don’t care.

  10. painsyndicate says: Sep 20, 2016 9:20 AM

    Scumbag.

  11. 700levelvet says: Sep 20, 2016 10:06 AM

    This should increase his Jersey sales from about 4 to at least 7, maybe 8..

  12. charger383 says: Sep 20, 2016 10:27 AM

    you are only hurting your fellow players, make customer mad and less money for all players and no support for players at next CBA talks

  13. jerseygirl57 says: Sep 20, 2016 10:27 AM

    He keeps saying that the demonstration isn’t “anti-police.” Yet he’s chosen to use the black power salute, which was used by certain groups back in the 60’s and early 70’s who advocated assassinating the police. I’ve always been taught that actions speak louder than words.

  14. scrap7681 says: Sep 20, 2016 10:48 AM

    Just heard Marcus Smith joined in…. If I was that bum I’d be trying to stay out of the news. #Bust

  15. dadsource says: Sep 20, 2016 11:33 AM

    There was a game on last night? SMH……

  16. JSpicoli says: Sep 20, 2016 12:09 PM

    Hey super genius-

    You are going to hurt your ratings and then your TV contract and then yours and your teammates compensation.

    It is coming.

  17. charger383 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:21 PM

    I liked seeing players get big money until they started acting like this

  18. ErinAndrewsStopCallingMe says: Sep 20, 2016 12:28 PM

    “If your hearts in the right place”…how about your brain? I’m starting to worry about these players, maybe too many hits to the head have actually made them more idiotic and allergic to real facts, not ones they believe are true and made up by BLM.

  19. rohinaz says: Sep 20, 2016 1:02 PM

    Nfl allowing racist gestures during the national anthem?

  20. bsizemore68 says: Sep 20, 2016 2:15 PM

    Enjoy this while it last, and when you are out of football then try it with a real job…Your ass will be fired before you say what you are protesting. Bill

  21. gofor2with3pointlead says: Sep 20, 2016 2:42 PM

    The ironic part of all of this is every last author of comments deriding demonstrations during the national Anthem would agree. “You can’t fix stupid”. An abiding axiom indeed.

  22. chadsmith013 says: Sep 20, 2016 2:45 PM

    I think its tragic that more people are offended/outraged that a man didnt stand for a song, then there are people outraged that men are being murdered in the streets by cops because they felt like it.

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