Malcolm Jenkins gives Super Bowl tickets to man who spent 30 years behind bars

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A man who spent three decades in one of the worst places imaginable will be spending at least three hours next weekend in one of the best.

As one of the 32 nominees for the NFL’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins received two free tickets to the Super Bowl. Via the New York Daily News, he’s giving them to Kempis Songster.

Songster recently was released from a maximum-security prison after spending 30 years behind bars. At 15, Songster and another man killed 17-year-old Anjo Pryce in a Philadelphia crack house.

Jenkins met Songster last year during a visit to Graterford Prison, where Songster was serving a mandatory life sentence. The U.S. Supreme Court has since concluded that mandatory life sentences for juveniles violate the Constitution. Songster was released on December 28.

“A few weeks ago, I saw an article come across my text that he was getting out, and I wanted to do something special for him,” Jenkins told the Daily News. “I didn’t know what, but I knew I wanted to do something to celebrate him coming home because I understood he really dedicated himself to a life of service and he’s trying to repay what he’s taken from society. I know he has some great ideas and we’re trying to accomplish the same thing when we talk about reform and healing our communities.”

Jenkins said that, once he learned about the two tickets through the Man of the Year award, Songster “was the first person that popped in my mind.”

“I know normally, people give those to kids or people who may be sick or who are well deserving, but I wanted to have an example that sometimes we can think outside the box and we can listen and hear from one another, so what better platform than the Super Bowl to show those examples?” Jenkins said.

Jenkins has become one of the leading voices in the NFL on issues of criminal justice reform.

50 responses to “Malcolm Jenkins gives Super Bowl tickets to man who spent 30 years behind bars

  1. I’m a big Eagles fan and haven’t had an issue with the other things Jenkins has done, but this is absurd. He’s giving his Super Bowl tickets to a convicted murderer?!? That’s disgusting.

  2. So, he gives his free ticket to a convicted murderer to somehow speak out about criminal justice reform? How does that make any sense?

  3. Poor guy, I mean he only murdered someone, why’s everyone flipping out about rewarding him for doing his time? I heard the family of the murdered victim might have been busy that Sunday anyway. #sarcasm

  4. Malcolm, this man took a life!!!!!! I don’t care how sorry he is or what he has done to make up for it. He doesn’t deserve anything!!!

  5. Anyone else assume the guy was wrongfully imprisoned when you started reading the story and are now sitting there confused too??

  6. Get over yourselves with your fake pity for Songster’s victim. In any other situation you people would be celebrating a death if it occurred in a crack house. You’d be saying: “Great, another crackhead gone”. But, since you don’t like a NFL player acknowledging that a person may have changed in 30 years, you’re going to celebrate a victim that you would otherwise care nothing about.

  7. “magnumpimustache says:
    January 25, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    How about giving the tickets to the family the guy killed……..

    Wow just don’t get it….”
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    Exactly

  8. Malcolm Jenkins is a fake activist…first he contributed to dividling the African American community more vs the police by kneeling and starting some sort of anti-cop coalition…..basically what that organization was and not directed properly at fixing inequality which anyone in here will tell you is deplorable and needs to be addressed….but kneelers of the nfl, let me just say this, only about 5% of the cops out there are acting in a racist manner…most are there to help people…but the protest was basically painting all cops as bad…that is what happens when morons like jenkins try to be smart and lead a misdirected protest….and now he is supporting murderers too….just play football and shut up….and stand for the anthem froM here on out.

  9. “People normally give them to kids, or people who are well deserving…” So he basically says that the guys doesn’t deserve the tickets. I never thought I would agree with an Eagle. Guess I was wrong.

  10. I assumed the guy was someone the Innocent Project had freed when I started reading. Apparently not. Maybe one of those guys would’ve been a better choice Mr Butler…

  11. Chris Long : Jeezus Malcom – I just got through telling everyone that none of our community service activities would be a distraction. What were you thinking here?

  12. Although I cant agree the guy deserved Bowl tics, most of you couldnt look past murder. He was 15. With another person. In a crackhouse. The guy did 2 times his life outside of jail. 15 years old. We dont know the full story here but whatever like most things its racially divided. People of color can see earning a second shot comin up in the hood. Others not so much. Lock em up throw away the key. If my bro was a murdered crack addict id probably be ok with a 30 year bid for a teen. Probably.

  13. They are his free tickets for him to do with as he pleases. We have no place to judge, even if we don’t agree

  14. Seriously?!?!…WOW…I kept reading thinking the guy was wrongly imprisoned or there was some sort of punchline at the end, but no ..That’s crazy, talk about a backwards mentality…

  15. When I read the headline, I thought he gave the tickets to someone, who was wrongly convicted, and thought that it was awesome.

    Then I find out the guy actually did it. He doesn’t deserve any presents; he deserves to be back in prison. What a moron Jenkins is.

  16. Am I missing something? How about giving them to a Philly cop…or better yet to the family of the individual killed.

  17. Malcolm didnt kneel he raised a fist and when the league decided to do something he stopped. Fake activists dont spend as much time at City Hall as he does. I just hope he does something for the police soon cause he cant be all one sided either.

  18. It would have helped to know what the man is doing in terms of rehabilitation in this article. In your quotes of Jenkins, he alludes to this but no details are provided. Therefore, your lack of details fueled a negative reaction.

  19. About par for the course with the way Eagles fans are. Imagine that, a guy spent 30 years in prison for killing someone in Philly.

  20. Hey, I’ll bet you some Super Bowl tickets the offender is back in prison within 2 years. But of course that’s because of the system, not choices, right…

  21. I like Malcom Jenkins as a player (Saints shouldn’t have let him go!!!!), and he seems like a good person too. I see that he has a good idea here, but I think the execution failed. Criminal justice reform is a huge issue. We want to see people who have wronged society get their punishment, but at the same time they can’t be treated as animals because 99% of them are coming back into society. They need to be REFORMED and turned into contributing members of society after serving a punishment. The system will never be perfect, but currently most criminals come out of jail worse than when they went in, and that hurts society in the long run.

    Having said all of that…no way he should receive Super Bowl tickets. When I read the headline, I thought it was going to be for a guy who was wrongfully imprisoned and was super happy…

  22. Youknowimright says:

    January 25, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Malcolm Jenkins is a fake activist…first he contributed to dividling the African American community more vs the police by kneeling and starting some sort of anti-cop coalition…..basically what that organization was and not directed properly at fixing inequality which anyone in here will tell you is deplorable and needs to be addressed….but kneelers of the nfl, let me just say this, only about 5% of the cops out there are acting in a racist manner…most are there to help people…but the protest was basically painting all cops as bad…that is what happens when morons like jenkins try to be smart and lead a misdirected protest….and now he is supporting murderers too….just play football and shut up….and stand for the anthem froM here on out.
    ——————————————————————————
    I’m not sure where you got that 5% number, but let’s take a large leap of faith here and say it’s accurate. You say “only about 5%”. I mean, are you okay with that? Using Philly as an example, there are 6300 cops. So 5% of that number is 315. 315 racist cops in one city can do one hell of a lot damage.

  23. This might make sense if Jenkins believes Songster was wrongly convicted and imprisoned. I hope this guy has at least spent his time in prison productively. If so, perhaps that has caught Jenkins eye, and he believes in second chances, and this is his way of showing that.

    Most people might think this is a very nice gesture. However, the family of the man Songster murdered may have a different take. I’ve been on that side of things (having a family member murdered), and it’s hard to garner any sympathy for your loved one’s killer. It’d be nice if Jenkins could at least acknowledge that family through a similar gesture.

  24. I think you should keep some relevant context in mind: if you are 15 years old in a crack house, you probably live in an “eat or be eaten” community. Does it justify murder? I don’t know. But it is understandable how it could happen if you grow up in a situation where you will be easily victimized if you yourself don’t resort to violence. I highly doubt the vast majority of commenters have walked a mile in his shoes.

  25. I’m convinced that none of the commenters even know or understand the story behind this.

    Good to see how forgiving folks are.
    _____

    If theres more to the story then PFT should have told that story. I’m not going to go hunting it down.

  26. Assuming Songster really is rehabilitated, I’m happy he is getting a second chance and will have an opportunity to Serve others. I’m blown away that Jenkins selected him for his Super Bowl tickets though. I’m not sure what was more astounding, selecting Songster in the first place or Malcolm Jenkins publicizing it and expecting a positive response.

  27. For those of you criticizing Jenkins, I suggest you read on what happened. Songster was one of three teens locked away at an abandoned crack house, forced to sell drugs. Him and another guy named Brohm, was hungry and haven’t eaten in weeks, the victim was supposed to bring them food, but told them to wait. He was older than Songster and Brohm. When he arrived, he had nothing for them and they snapped. The victims parents even stated that they had no I’ll feelings against Songster and Brohm. The police wanted the higher ups of the gang that trapped the teens, but Brohm and Songster was afraid to. So the police charged them with First degree murder instead of the third degree which was handed at first.

  28. This guy murders someone, goes to prison and and gets rewarded? I know there’s a backstory but he still doesn’t deserve it. I hate the Patriots but after reading that crap, I’ll be rooting for the them come Superbowl Sunday.

  29. Giving Super Bowl tickets to a convicted murderer who was truly guilty of what he did is another example of SJW logic. Doing that kills the argument in favor of criminal justice reform.

    It’s one thing to give tickets to someone who was wrongfully convicted, but it’s a completely different story when you give them to someone who truly did it. With nutty logic like this, you might as well give tickets to OJ Simpson, Dylann Roof, and the mass shooters from the last few years who are still living.

  30. If the guy is truely remorseful and looking to turn his life around…good for him & good for Jenkins.
    I think Jenkins will also be helping this guy stay on the straight & narrow and I hope it ends well.

  31. I always find the irony in just what it takes for evangelicals to forgive some people and not others. Save your outrage please unless you have done half as much as Jenkins has done in order to give those tickets to a guy he sees value in instead of a murder who deserves nothing. The guy did his time and is giving his second chance to help others not go down the path he did when he was a young person.

  32. I think everyone is too hard on what Malcolm did for this man yes the man murdered someone but he was a 15 year old kid when he did it and being that young this man deff deserved a 2nd chance at life the man did his time for the crime him and Malcolm connected on giving back to the community Malcolm felt he has made a great turn for society and I don’t disagree for what Malcolm did for him if the good Lord forgives us for our sins and gives us chances after chances then this man deserves another chance at life especially when he didnt know any better at the time

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