Malcolm Jenkins on sign display: “I’m tired of the narrative being about the anthem”

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Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins had a rather unique approach to his media session on Wednesday when he chose not to answer any questions, but instead held signs in front of reporters with messages of “you’re not listening” and numerous statistics about the criminal justice system he and other NFL players are looking to reform.

In an interview with Tim McManus of ESPN.com Wednesday night, Jenkins said the motivation for the display was his desire to focus on the issues they’re protesting for and not the divisive grandstanding the manner of their protests have generated.

“I’m tired of the narrative being about the anthem, about the White House or whatever,” Jenkins said after meeting with public defenders regarding bail reform. “The issues are the issues. And the reason that we’re doing any of this is, because we have these huge disparities in our criminal justice system; we have this issue of mass incarceration; we have issues of police brutality; our children and access to education and economic advancement is nonexistent in communities of color. And these things are systemic; there are ways that we can change them.”

Players have said many times over their efforts are focused on issues of police brutality and social injustices. That hasn’t stopped many – including the President of the United States – to claim that the players are anti-military, anti-America and unpatriotic because their various protests have occurred during the national anthem. The Eagles, specifically, didn’t have any players sit or kneel for the anthem during the regular season or playoffs last year.

Jenkins hoped his use of signs could focus the message on their efforts to improve society instead.

“And for me, I feel like this is the time to do that,” Jenkins said. “And so, that message can’t continue to be ignored. And that’s what I think has been happening up until this point. So we just have to continue to stay on topic and continue to push the issues — and not this narrative of who’s right and who’s wrong, but what are the reasons why players are even so passionate about this.”

42 responses to “Malcolm Jenkins on sign display: “I’m tired of the narrative being about the anthem”

  1. They cant’t choose how others view their actions. They can adjust their action so the focus is on the issue to which they are attempting to draw attention. They choose not to change.

  2. We can’t continue to ignore it? So, free speech needs to be required, compelled listening for others and the others will not be allowed to disagree. That approach didn’t work in the Soviet Union, maybe the NFL players will find a way to do it right this time. More gulags, more beatings until morale improves

  3. So you’re finally realizing that the manner of the protest is distracting from the message? Good. Now maybe you and others can move on the anthem and find more ways like this to make you’re message heard.

  4. Then don’t protest during the anthem.
    Protest before the anthem, after the anthem, at halftime, just before the 2nd half kickoff, or at the end of the game.
    Your point still gets made, the cameras will find you, and less people will be PO’d.

  5. Then atop protesting during the National Anthem. WHAT is so hard to understand for these guys that refusing to respect the flag and the anthem is ASSOCIATING their actions with it?

  6. Wednesday night, Jenkins said the motivation for the display was his desire to focus on the issues they’re protesting for and not the divisive grandstanding the manner of their protests have generated.”
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    Kneeling during the national anthem is divisive grandstanding! They could protest any time other than that and no one would be saying anything. We’re divisive because we recognize it as disrespectful? Lol! We aren’t the ones initiating the cycle of disrespect!

  7. So, wait, if a ‘white person’ (not that I understand who exactly fits that category) genuinely asks me about my heritage because of my darker complexion, they are wrong in the PC “microaggression” world, because it could possibly offend me, no matter how unreasonable it might be that I should be offended… but these spoiled babies can have at least half of society telling them their form of protest is offensive, and very reasonably point out why what they’re doing is offensive, but we’re the problem?

    Am I the only one who finds that level of hypocrisy breathtaking?

  8. “I’m tired of the narrative being about the anthem…”

    Then stop protesting during the anthem. It really is that simple.

  9. This is like a TV commercial that’s clever or funny or has a cute pet or beautiful woman. You remember the commercial but not the product the advertiser wants you to buy. Same here. All of those issues on his signs are real and are serious but raising your fist during The Anthem is taking away from your message.
    This weekend my hometown had a walk for Autism. Streets we’re closed as people marched with their kids affected by Autism. It was mildly inconvenient but the message got out. Now imagine if they shut down the streets every Saturday. There would be a backlash. Same with the NFL, they are smart enough to roll out the pink merchandise only once a year, and not belabor the point. Players need to understand that kneeling every week is perceived as a giant middle finger to all those that sacrificed for freedom.

  10. If you are still talking about how to protest, you are still missing the entire point. Black human lives are being taken and tampered with by some police & judicial representatives. Actual life! There is no song, anthem, or event that should Trump (pun intended) police brutality and social injustices. If you think there is you’re part of the problem, not the solution.

  11. ““And so, that message can’t continue to be ignored. And that’s what I think has been happening up until this point. So we just have to continue to stay on topic and continue to push the issues”

    I’m here for football, not your issues. As long as you put your issues before football, people like me will be pissed.

  12. What I would like to know is, what did each players who knelt during the national anthem do during the offseason do to keep the awareness of their protest alive

  13. Let me help you Malcolm,don’t protest during the anthem while I’m trying to enjoy a game .
    A little more help,stop doing bad things and you won’t get into trouble which puts you in position to do even worse things like not listen to a cop and or try to fight them etc etc…see there I’m here to help follow these rules and everything will be fine

  14. You’re not listening? Listening to what? Instead of running your mouth and saying “something can be done”, offer up ideas instead of ideas to incite division. Maybe then, everyone will listen, including the administration.

  15. Maybe Malcolm should offer up his salary for what he believes in. Oh wait, his teammate has already done that, while Malcolm has kept his.

  16. Then gee Einstein…maybe, just maybe…stop protesting during the Anthem and then the “narrative” won’t be about the Anthem…I’m just guessing here but that might just work…

  17. All you have to do is look at the comments here for the idiots he’s talking about. Never has Jenkins protested during the anthem, but carry on deflecting instead of focusing on why those things on his signs are how they are in this country.

  18. i understand being pissed about the kneeling during the anthem. but the personal attacks about his character and intelligence are shortsighted and ungrounded. he is clearly intellgent on and off the field, even if you disagree with his message and tactics. he made the transition from corner to safety and became a better football player in the process, at arguably the most cerebral position on the defense behind mlb. you can disagree with a person and still respect the things they do well.

  19. Kneeling, fist raising, refusing to come out of the locker room, during the national anthem. All protests. Can’t wait to hear about what the protesters got planned for this season.

  20. It wasn’t about the anthem until players knelt during the anthem. And while I agree with the cause, I don’t agree with painting all cops with the same brush. A lot and I mean a lot of cops are doing the right things but this protest has established all cops as the enemy and that is not a good thing. Those cops that show up to harass people of any color should be delt with harshly. Lots of these situations however have involved someone doing something illegal that a cop needed to show up for. So eliminate the bad cops but also eliminate the people committing crimes as well…it is not a one sided problem here.

  21. America – The only country where you can check your EBT balance on an 800.00 phone and still whine about oppression.

    Personally I’m tired of the whoa is me, the police discriminate against us whine. I grew up in a 95% black neighborhood and I’m a white guy. The cops arrested me for anything from smoking within 5 blocks from the school, to loitering, to curfew violation to having a half a joint in my pocket. The cops busted everyone on an equal offender basis. If your in the wrong place at the wrong time, the cops will bust you. It’s how they make promotion.

  22. You people are a bunch of sick minded bigots! You’ll back America for invading Iraq & Sudam Hussein or Lybia & Momar Qaddafi for human rights violations, but you “HEAR NO EVIL OR SEE NO EVIL” with justice reform and police brutality right here in America! I guess you have to be part of another country for human rights…. Damn shame!

  23. sbmcintosh36 says:
    June 7, 2018 at 8:30 am
    Let me help you Malcolm,don’t protest during the anthem while I’m trying to enjoy a game .
    A little more help,stop doing bad things and you won’t get into trouble which puts you in position to do even worse things like not listen to a cop and or try to fight them etc etc…see there I’m here to help follow these rules and everything will be fine

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    Spoken like someone who has no clue about what the protest is about…if you are black, you don’t have to break the law to come in contact with police who automatically assume you are guilty of something because of the color of your skin…

  24. “And so, that message can’t continue to be ignored.”

    Sure it can. Consider it done.

    Take that chip on your shoulder and sell it to someone else, I’m not buying. We’ve had the discussions, on this forum and a lot of others, social media, all over the place. We disagree with your fundamentally flawed premise. You don’t listen because you don’t care. So neither do I.

    Now you can keep doing what you’re doing, and it’s all out of spite, and you’ll suffer the consequences. Period. That’s your new reality. All you’re doing now is causing more resentment and division every time these headlines hit the net.

  25. Sasquatch says:
    June 7, 2018 at 3:06 am
    They cant’t choose how others view their actions. They can adjust their action so the focus is on the issue to which they are attempting to draw attention. They choose not to change.
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    When you are TOLD one thing and choose to believe another, oh yes they CAN choose (and tell) others how to view their actions.

  26. Tired of the narrative about the Anthem? So are we! Pick an appropriate means and you’ll have dialog about the issues instead of the means of protest.

  27. someone actually said “stop talking about the whole issue” and got up voted like crazy….such an utter lack of empathy. I wonder if some of you ever even tried to step outside your own shoes for once. It’s really freaking sad. And the whole point of a protest is to bring attention. It defeats the purpose if you “do it somewhere else.” And I wouldn’t even kneel but the lack of concern for your fellow man and just the mentality of this comments section is….I’m done. I’m positive none of you would say this to your black friends…if you had any.

  28. I like the fact that Malcolm Jenkins did not kneel during the protests. There are so many issues that are relevant today, but there is a time and a place. Protests always cause such division among the people. IDK, if I really felt strongly about a social issue, I would take it a step further and get myself involved in a way to actually change the laws, not just showing people that the problems exist and something needs to be done.
    Kim K.

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