Chris Long on show of support for Malcolm Jenkins: “I just told Malcolm, ‘I’m here for you.'”

AP

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins has been raising a fist in the air during the national anthem since last season as a symbol of protest. Thursday night against the Buffalo Bills, Jenkins was joined in a show of unity as defensive end Chris Long stood adjacent with his arm draped on Jenkins’ shoulders.

The events of this past weekend in Charlottesville, Va. led Long – a University of Virginia alum – to feel an obligation to join Jenkins in a show of support.

It’s been a hard week for everybody,” Long said postgame, via Andrew Kulp of CSNPhilly.com. “It’s not just a hard week for someone being from Charlottesville. It’s a tough week for America.

“I’ve heard a lot of people say, ‘Why do athletes get involved in the national anthem protests?’ I’ve said before that I’ll never kneel for an anthem because the flag means something different for everybody in this country, but I support my peers. If you don’t see why you need allies for people that are fighting for equality right now, I don’t think you’ll ever see it.

“Malcolm is a leader and I’m here to show support as a white athlete.”

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett wished a white athlete would show support toward the cause he, Jenkins, Colin Kaepernick and others have been protesting since last season. While the manner of protests have varied, Long’s support of Jenkins could go a long way toward shifting the protest from racial lines into a broader societal discussion.

“I was inspired by a lot of the allies that were there to stand up against hate in my hometown and I wasn’t able to be there to protest or to stand up against hate,” Long said. “People like Heather Heyer gave their life for that and I was inspired by that.

“I just told Malcolm, ‘I’m here for you.’ I think it’s a good time for people that look like me to be there for people that are fighting for equality.”

73 responses to “Chris Long on show of support for Malcolm Jenkins: “I just told Malcolm, ‘I’m here for you.'”

  1. Time for everyone to act like someone kicked their dog because a guy put his arm around another guy who put his hand in the air during a playing of the national anthem!

  2. Chris Long is a real man that ‘gets it’.

    I can’t even think of the words to describe how impressed I am by him.

    You’ve got a big fan here, Chris.

  3. Is he really the first white player to show support?

    I’m white, I’m male. I have no illusions about white privilege; in fact, I bask in it. I’ve yelled at cops that pulled me over for no reason, I’ve jammed my finger into a cookie dough tube and ate a big I’m was, right in the supermarket, because I knew nobody was watching me (and I was drunk), I’m never hassled by TSA (even when I forgot I had a telescoping baton in my carry-on, they suggested I could go out and mail it to myself if I didn’t want to just toss it). It goes on and on. I love it, I will be sad to see it go, but good societies aren’t built on “what’s best for me” but “what’s best for everyone.”

    I’m happy one of these mega-blessed athletes has finally recognized that it is everyone’s problem.

  4. The NFL can’t fictitiously blame the loss of viewers on the election this year. Right or wrong, these demonstrations are going to turn people off to the game.

    Witness the beginning of the end.

  5. Memorial day weekend 2000 – we went to Yankee Stadium, Pedro v Clemens. Sat in last row of bleachers with the Kmen as they put up K signs for every Pedro strike out. They were so much fun to hang out with, of the thousands of Red Sox games I’ve attended, that one sticks out as one of my favorite.

    Every Pedro game was memorable.

    To add to owner John Henry message yesterday about our diverse city –

    Yawkey Way – change to Pedro Concourse.

    Well done Chris Long.

  6. I love Chris Long. There probably wasn’t a tougher player than Howie Long, and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Hate is just a by-product of fear, and obviously Chris Long isn’t afraid of anyone.

  7. Equality? We need to stop the madness. Do you want to stop inequality? Go do some actual work in poor neighborhoods around the country. I have been doing community service around neighborhoods in Chicago and not one I’ve seen an athlete or a celebrity there. Be the change you want to see in the world. Athletes are not changing a single thing by sitting the anthem or raising their hands.

  8. I have to admire Chris Long for his stance on this subject. If everyone, on both sides would take a step back, listen calmly and speak calmly to the other side, maybe we as a country could start to take positive steps forward. This is getting so out of hand, I have real fear for the future of my grandkids. I am a white 63 year old wife, mother and grandmother from New England. In my immediate family, through marriage and adoption, I have 3 African Americans, an Asian grand daughter, a daughter-in-law from Trinidad, another daughter-in-law from Brazil and a brother-in-law from Scotland. We have family dinner every Sunday with 18 of us sitting at the dinner table. We honor, respect and embrace everyone’s culture in our family. And to top it off, my husband is a retired police chief after 40 years in law enforcement. I have no use for Kaepernick with his pig socks and adoration of Castro. He has no substance and has shown that he can’t back up his convictions. But I do respect people who are trying to bring attention to equality in a productive way. The right and left, black and white, Democrats and Republicans all need to take a step to the center and do some listening instead of rioting and killing.

    There. I’ve said my peace. Go Patriots!

  9. The problem with any demonstration during the national anthem is that you will alienate many people who view the playing of the national anthem as a patriotic, symbolic event of everyone coming together regardless of race, color, religion or whatever else makes us different as individuals, united by the simple fact that we are all Americans and are grateful for that. Any statement you are trying to make will not be received in a favorable light by many people and therefore not accomplish their objectives. I really wish the players would understand this and pick a different forum.

  10. Chris Long has more publicity in the preseason with the Eagles than he did all last year with the Patriots. No wonder why he left, he’s looking for the spotlight

  11. Chris Long has now outed himself as a liberal. I am no longer a fan of his.
    The fact of the matter is this, the left protests anything and everything to get their way, with the willful blindness/assistance/coverage of the media. Whenever the right protests something, the left counter-protests in an effort to shut down the right. If the right EVER counter-protests the left (very rare) the left cries that the right is infringing on their right to free speech and to be heard.
    It’s amazing how the left refuses to allow the right to speak yet they claim to be all about “inclusiveness” and “equality”.
    When Jenkins joined Kap and Lynch in their protest, I decided not to blame the NFL, but to blame the players themselves, their union, and the left-wing media. They NEED white players to support them, and of course white liberal players are more than happy to do so. That is why Chris Long did what he did. For that I say screw him. Lord knows that if a white player stood up and stated that those monuments are public property, some are private property, and they should be left alone. That player would be branded as a “racist” and would be destroyed by the media if he spoke out about his beliefs.
    See how that works? If you r beliefs align with the left-wing narrative/agenda then you may speak. If your beliefs are diametrically opposed to those of the left, then you are FORBIDDEN to speak and if you still dare to do so then your life, career, reputation, etc will be destroyed by the “all-inclusive’ and “non-violent” left=wing liberals.

  12. What does that mean ” Iam here for you ” in this situation ,,,Iam here for you as long as it dont cost me any money !

  13. “Chris Long has now outed himself as a liberal. I am no longer a fan of his.”
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    If you can’t respect another persons belief because he actually cares about someone other than himself, who is not like him, then your a pretty shallow human being.

  14. Thanks for taking a principled stance, Chris.

    As a white guy, I empathize with African-Americans that they are subject to much racism and police brutality merely because they are African-Americans. That’s a fact. Sure, things have got better since the slavery and Jim Crow days, but a lot still needs to be done. Anyone who can’t see that is either a racist, wilfully blind, a dupe of establishment propaganda or basking in white privilege without knowing it.

  15. Que the Patriot fans and their man-crush for any ex Pat player…” so proud”, “he was a great Patriot” and on and on…get a room

  16. nbptma1 says:
    August 18, 2017 at 6:27 am
    The NFL can’t fictitiously blame the loss of viewers on the election this year. Right or wrong, these demonstrations are going to turn people off to the game.

    —————-

    It’s time to play the anthem while the players are in the locker room. Like they used to.

  17. These people are so misinformed. wow.

    Just like the Civil war was about slavery, yeah ok, keep thinking that, it was about taxation and inequality, wow the irony. oh and to this day, where is most tax money spent??? anyone, that’s right in the north, and east coast. oh the irony.

  18. judging by the downvotes, hopefully this site isn’t representative of the majority of whites in this country, otherwise we sure have a long way to go.

  19. footballfan58 says:

    If everyone, on both sides would take a step back, listen calmly and speak calmly to the other side, maybe we as a country could start to take positive steps forward.
    =================================================

    That will never happen. All these groups on both sides just want to scream, shout, make demands and lecture you. But of course they say with a wink that they just want to “start a discussion”.

  20. Judging by the thumbs up and down to people’s comments it looks like a lot of the people on here were in Charlottesville this past weekend wearing white hoods. If you guys really say to not talk about it that its ruining the game why do you constantly click on the news articles about equality and talk like its the 60s? The war was about slavery bottom line. Those inbreeds in Charlottesville were bad people and trumpie is unqualified to be president. You trump cultist are on the wrong side of history just like the confederate traitors.

  21. I just wish I could understand exactly what “equality” means. Equality of opportunity does not guarantee equality of outcome.

    Of course, not everyone starts in the same place, but other than going “Harrison Bergeron” on society, what can you do about that? Life isn’t fair.

  22. Judging by the thumbs up and down to people’s comments it looks like a lot of the people on here were in Charlottesville this past weekend supporting hate. If you guys really say to not talk about it that its ruining the game why do you constantly click on the news articles about equality and talk like its the 60s? The war was about slavery bottom line. Those inbreeds in Charlottesville were bad people and trumpie is unqualified to be president. You trump cultist are on the wrong side of history just like the confederate traitors.

  23. dryzzt23 says:
    August 18, 2017 at 8:13 am
    Chris Long has now outed himself as a liberal. I am no longer a fan of his.
    The fact of the matter is this, the left protests anything and everything to get their way, with the willful blindness/assistance/coverage of the media. Whenever the right protests something, the left counter-protests in an effort to shut down the right. If the right EVER counter-protests the left (very rare) the left cries that the right is infringing on their right to free speech and to be heard.
    It’s amazing how the left refuses to allow the right to speak yet they claim to be all about “inclusiveness” and “equality”.
    When Jenkins joined Kap and Lynch in their protest, I decided not to blame the NFL, but to blame the players themselves, their union, and the left-wing media. They NEED white players to support them, and of course white liberal players are more than happy to do so. That is why Chris Long did what he did. For that I say screw him. Lord knows that if a white player stood up and stated that those monuments are public property, some are private property, and they should be left alone. That player would be branded as a “racist” and would be destroyed by the media if he spoke out about his beliefs.
    See how that works? If you r beliefs align with the left-wing narrative/agenda then you may speak. If your beliefs are diametrically opposed to those of the left, then you are FORBIDDEN to speak and if you still dare to do so then your life, career, reputation, etc will be destroyed by the “all-inclusive’ and “non-violent” left=wing liberals.
    ——————————————————————–

    You whine as much as the cowardly “president”.
    Whaaaa, Whaaaa, nobody is being fair! Nobody likes me!

  24. rohinaz says:
    August 18, 2017 at 9:42 am
    Hillary Clinton’s mentor was Robert Byrd, that’s who’s stay statues should come down. Research this.
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    Why don’t you do some reading on Robert Byrd? Yes, he was in the KKK. Then he realized it was stupid and dropped out by 1952, and went on to champion the Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights Act. People are allowed to make mistakes and change their mind. You’re allowed to hate him for it if you want, but I think he showed that people can change and learn and become better people. Also, freaking out about a Senator greeting another Senator is about as stupid as you can get.

  25. winningisabrees says:
    August 18, 2017 at 8:55 am
    These people are so misinformed. wow.

    Just like the Civil war was about slavery, yeah ok, keep thinking that, it was about taxation and inequality, wow the irony. oh and to this day, where is most tax money spent??? anyone, that’s right in the north, and east coast. oh the irony.
    _________________________________

    I take it you’ve never heard of declaration of causes. It’s a set of documents released by southern states listing causes for secession. All of them include slavery as the first grievance and reason for leaving the Union.

    States that rely on federal government to fund their budgets top ten:
    1. Missippi
    2. Louisiana
    3. Tennessee
    4. Montana
    5. Kentucky
    6. Missouri
    7. South Dakota
    8. Georgia
    9. Maine
    10. Oregon
    States with higher population receive more funds (funny how that works), but these states rely on the federal government aid instead raising their own taxes and balancing budgets.

  26. As someone with almost three decades in law enforcement in this country, I can tell you something regarding situations like the one in Charlottesville, VA.
    No matter which side you happen to be on, if you choose to attend a demonstration like the one in Charlottesville, that you know full well will be heavily attended by radical groups like the Neo-Nazis, KKK, Black Lives Matter, Antifa, etc., then you have made a decision to attend an event where there is a more than reasonable expectation of violence, with all of the attendant risks to life and property. You don’t hear many of these players, or for that matter, many other people, that are willing or able to admit this.

  27. The civil war was about states rights (to have slavery) and equal representation ( so they can support future slavery) and about the nuances of the southern economy ( which was based on slavery). Nice try though!

  28. bam5239 says:

    August 18, 2017 at 10:08 am

    winningisabrees says:
    August 18, 2017 at 8:55 am
    These people are so misinformed. wow.

    Just like the Civil war was about slavery, yeah ok, keep thinking that, it was about taxation and inequality, wow the irony. oh and to this day, where is most tax money spent??? anyone, that’s right in the north, and east coast. oh the irony.
    _________________________________

    I take it you’ve never heard of declaration of causes. It’s a set of documents released by southern states listing causes for secession. All of them include slavery as the first grievance and reason for leaving the Union.

    States that rely on federal government to fund their budgets top ten:
    1. Missippi
    2. Louisiana
    3. Tennessee
    4. Montana
    5. Kentucky
    6. Missouri
    7. South Dakota
    8. Georgia
    9. Maine
    10. Oregon
    States with higher population receive more funds (funny how that works), but these states rely on the federal government aid instead raising their own taxes and balancing budgets.
    ——————————————————————–

    first of all, it seems like you’re trying to make a point with that list but its half north half south (unless you think South Dakota is in the south)

    Secondly, you people with your federal aid garbage, like these states are stealing from everybody else. the federal government doesn’t print money, they’re getting back what they paid in.

  29. Keep it up NFL, its going to be a lot of fun watching the ratings drop off a cliff again. Then when you start begging the fans to stop shunning you SJW’s I will have a hearty chuckle at how stupid you guys are.

  30. bestbadteamaround says:
    August 18, 2017 at 10:03 am

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    Why don’t you do some reading on Robert Byrd? Yes, he was in the KKK. Then he realized it was stupid and dropped out by 1952, and went on to champion the Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights Act. People are allowed to make mistakes and change their mind. You’re allowed to hate him for it if you want, but I think he showed that people can change and learn and become better people. Also, freaking out about a Senator greeting another Senator is about as stupid as you can get.
    ______________________
    Bestbadteamaround, Byrd filibustered the civil rights act for 14 hours and voted against it, and you call him a champion? He also pro Klan quotes well after his “retirement”. It’s not about greeting him, Hillary called him her “mentor.

  31. Quick raise of hands from the deep conservatives on this site. How many of you actually remember WHY the protest started and what it’s about??

    Another quick show of hands. How many of you are not white, Christian religion, or male? How many of you truly or even understand at a basic level what it’s like to be a minority?

  32. I love these idiots who say they won’t be watching football this fall because of this behavior.

    Good. We don’t need you fair weather fans to ruin the game and pretend you like football so you don’t feel excluded on Sunday’s.

    If you stop watching football because of this, you weren’t a real fan to begin with.

  33. Identity politics are garbage. It’s naive and insulting to think a random player will have such massive influence on this just because that player is white. Like somehow, all the white people offended by Kap will magically join up with the SJW agenda because Chris Long did this.

    That’s pandering at it’s finest.

  34. If someone standing up for justice and against racism makes some of you want to not watch the NFL in protest, great. If all the racists would rather mow your lawns or rake leaves instead? That’s even better! I would rather that you NOT be aligned with the NFL so that the rest of us NFL fans will not be confused for being racist too.

  35. For all of you right wingers bringing Robert Byrd into this, just know that: 1) yes, he did spend most of his life as a racist, and 2) He changed and apologized for this views and behavior.

    It’s not too late for you.

  36. peytonwantsaflag says: “You people with your federal aid garbage, like these states are stealing from everybody else. the federal government doesn’t print money, they’re getting back what they paid in.”

    Hey pal, let me enlighten you a little. First, red states are, by far, the ones that seek the most federal aid. That’s because their citizens are generally less educated and therefore don’t generate as much overall tax revenue as blue states. Second, the federal government does, in fact, print money. (Ever heard of a federal mint?) Third–and this harkens back to answer #1–red states generally receive far more federal money than they actually pay in taxes. The blue states’ tax dollars help to subsidize the red states because the red states are unable to pay their fair share. Google it and see. I hope this helps. And finally, Chris Long is a young man who seems to understand the need to resist the overtly racist dynamic that is being promulgated (that means “promoted,” for those of you with red state educations) by the nazi-loving white supremacist scumbags on the right. Good for Mr. Long, and good for America. We need more people who will stand up against racism and hatred.

  37. Conservatives aren’t against you granadafan. Democrats were pro slavery, democrats fought against civil rights, democrats built the Democratic confederate statues.

    I point out Hillary clintions self described mentor was a grand Cyclops klan member and his statues should be pulled down and a Democrat attacks me.

    But the media will convince you that I’m the problem because I treat everyone equally.

  38. Chris Long has never lived a normal day in his life. Another privileged moron virtue signaling like he has a clue what anyone is talking about.

  39. I think we need to be careful in regards to the destruction of monuments, I understand to some they are a symbol of hate, buy where does it stop and who has the final say. Yesterday a CNN commentator said we should remove all references to George Washington and others. What about mount Rushmore? What about the great Pyramids? What about MLK statues, he was a Republican believed marriage is between a man and a woman? What about Obama? He never called out radial terrorism or denounced the assassination of police officers.

  40. nbptma1 says:
    August 18, 2017 at 6:27 am
    The NFL can’t fictitiously blame the loss of viewers on the election this year. Right or wrong, these demonstrations are going to turn people off to the game.
    Witness the beginning of the end.

    ————

    zero chance. It’s not the first time there has been protests in sports and it won’t be the last and sports fans will carry on watching regardless of what they say or what short term reaction they have.

  41. cmoney20 says:
    August 18, 2017 at 11:47 am
    Chris Long has never lived a normal day in his life. Another privileged moron virtue signaling like he has a clue what anyone is talking about.

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    I really can’t understand the anger here… he didn’t sit for the anthem, he didn’t disrespect the flag, the person he is supporting didn’t either, and what happened in Charlotte is terrible.

    What does Long’s financial status have to do with anything. If anything I would say the guy busted is butt when he could have collected Dad’s money and he made something great of himself and he is now using his position in life to raise an issue that he cares about in at respectful way. That is very American.

  42. Disagree bullcharger, while many will continue to watch many others will stop because of the method being protested. The anthem means a lot to people who lost their father, son, daughter and mother protecting this country. It’s disrespectful to many that someone will chose the anthem, which should bring all together, and use it as a tool of devisevness.

  43. dickensbslim says:
    August 18, 2017 at 11:26 am
    Identity politics are garbage. It’s naive and insulting to think a random player will have such massive influence on this just because that player is white. Like somehow, all the white people offended by Kap will magically join up with the SJW agenda because Chris Long did this.
    That’s pandering at it’s finest.

    ———–

    Or a teammate that was upset by what happened in Charlottesville decided to support his friend.

    Every action isn’t a game of thrones plot. It also can just be looked simply.

  44. bullcharger says:

    August 18, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    cmoney20 says:
    August 18, 2017 at 11:47 am
    Chris Long has never lived a normal day in his life. Another privileged moron virtue signaling like he has a clue what anyone is talking about.

    ———-

    I really can’t understand the anger here… he didn’t sit for the anthem, he didn’t disrespect the flag, the person he is supporting didn’t either, and what happened in Charlotte is terrible.

    What does Long’s financial status have to do with anything. If anything I would say the guy busted is butt when he could have collected Dad’s money and he made something great of himself and he is now using his position in life to raise an issue that he cares about in at respectful way. That is very American.
    _________________________________________

    Financial status has everything to do with it. I didn’t say he wasn’t a “good person” or a “hardworker” who worked his butt off when he could of just lived off his fathers’ money. Who said that? Why would you argue against no one on those topics?

    He’s publicly supporting someone (who I personally think is a moron) on a topic he knows nothing about or can even understand because he’s never lived a day as an average American.

  45. bestbadteamaround says:

    Why don’t you do some reading on Robert Byrd? Yes, he was in the KKK. Then he realized it was stupid and dropped out by 1952,
    =====================================================

    And the ONLY reason liberals gave him a pass is because he was a democrat. If everything were the exact same except he happened to be a republican, well we all know your views of him would be the total opposite.

  46. ” The anthem means a lot to people who lost their father, son, daughter and mother protecting this country.”

    and to that I would add, Black people and people of all race, ethnicity and religion serve too; They also live and die to protect our nation from enemies foreign and domestic and they deserve to be treated fairly under the law.

  47. v2787 says:

    August 18, 2017 at 11:37 am

    peytonwantsaflag says: “You people with your federal aid garbage, like these states are stealing from everybody else. the federal government doesn’t print money, they’re getting back what they paid in.”

    Hey pal, let me enlighten you a little. First, red states are, by far, the ones that seek the most federal aid. That’s because their citizens are generally less educated and therefore don’t generate as much overall tax revenue as blue states. Second, the federal government does, in fact, print money. (Ever heard of a federal mint?) Third–and this harkens back to answer #1–red states generally receive far more federal money than they actually pay in taxes. The blue states’ tax dollars help to subsidize the red states because the red states are unable to pay their fair share. Google it and see. I hope this helps. And finally, Chris Long is a young man who seems to understand the need to resist the overtly racist dynamic that is being promulgated (that means “promoted,” for those of you with red state educations) by the nazi-loving white supremacist scumbags on the right. Good for Mr. Long, and good for America. We need more people who will stand up against racism and hatred.

    ———————————————–

    talk about somebody needing some education

    there is so much wrong with your statement there’s no way PFT would ever let my full rebuttal through so let me just say this.

    Drop a PHD in Philosophy in the middle of Possum Patch Tenn and see how much money he makes- it’s more about opportunity than education my friend.

    Secondly, the Federal Mint? are you serious with that – yes of course the federal government literally does print money but, my God….

  48. tim8450 says:
    August 18, 2017 at 12:28 pm
    ” The anthem means a lot to people who lost their father, son, daughter and mother protecting this country.”

    and to that I would add, Black people and people of all race, ethnicity and religion serve too; They also live and die to protect our nation from enemies foreign and domestic and they deserve to be treated fairly under the law
    ————

    Tim8450, you are making my point. The anthem protesters are disrespecting Americans of all color, religion etc. Everyone who died for this country bled red. Laws were created (mostly by repuican) to ensure all citizen are treated fairly.

  49. tajuara says: August 18, 2017 at 7:51 am
    “Equality? We need to stop the madness. Do you want to stop inequality? Go do some actual work in poor neighborhoods around the country. I have been doing community service around neighborhoods in Chicago and not one I’ve seen an athlete or a celebrity there. Be the change you want to see in the world. Athletes are not changing a single thing by sitting the anthem or raising their hands.”

    ==================

    Chris Long does do community work. He’s involved in the Waterboys project by “providing clean, accessible drinking water to rural communities in East Africa.” Look it up. The man walk the talk. He’s a good guy.

  50. “Chris Long is a real man that ‘gets it’.

    I can’t even think of the words to describe how impressed I am by him.”

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    You’re easily impressed, aren’t you?

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