CNN hires Malcolm Jenkins as a commentator on race and social justice

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NFL players have been using their platforms to speak out on social justice issues, and one player is about to get a larger platform.

Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins has been hired as a contributor to CNN, where he’ll comment on national affairs related to racism and social justice. He’ll appear on several CNN studio shows.

“Having spent years running non-profits and supporting grassroots organizations to address the inequalities of our criminal justice system, educational system and disparate wealth in our marginalized communities, I believe I can be a voice for other athlete activists and those who have dedicated their lives to changing legislation, policies and reforms for human equality,” Jenkins said in a statement. “Now more than ever, the public needs to be educated on the roles of elected positions of power, such as the District Attorney, Police Chief or City Council and how to hold those individuals accountable, especially through their voice and their vote. In an important election year, I’m eager to join the CNN family and share my perspective as a regular contributor.”

Jenkins has spent more than a decade in the NFL and is in his second stint with the Saints, who selected him in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft. He also spent six seasons with the Eagles. Jenkins has long been outspoken about the issues that are important to him, including recently criticizing teammate Drew Brees after Brees suggested that kneeling during the national anthem is disrespecting America.

23 responses to “CNN hires Malcolm Jenkins as a commentator on race and social justice

  1. That’s great. Loved Malcolm Jenkins as a player and a social activist. His on field and off the field conduct is second to none. I’ll be watching CNN.

  2. Attention will not be on those players who kneel for the anthem, but, there will be a very high interest to those players who do not kneel! They will be singled out as racist and crucified by social media! Just look at the way Drew Brees was treated after a very thoughtful and meaningful tweet!

  3. This is good to see. Malcolm will provide a needed voice and honest insight to CNN’s coverage. I’m really proud of all these great young men who are speaking out. They’re really contributing to the positive changes our country needs to see to heal the scourge of systemic institutional racism.

  4. …..great news! Welcome to your second career Mr. Jenkins!

    Legislation, Policies and Reforms. Three gigantic words that are at the heart of the matter.

    #nodeflecting

  5. I lost all respect for Jenkins when he cheap shotted Brandin Cooks in the Super Bowl, which basically allowed the Eagles to win

  6. tb12greatest says:
    June 15, 2020 at 11:52 am

    I lost all respect for Jenkins when he cheap shotted Brandin Cooks in the Super Bowl, which basically allowed the Eagles to win

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    You are right – it was this moment that allowed the Eagles to win. Nothing to do with the Pats’ defense letting Foles throw 500 yards, Brady fumbling, etc.

  7. He’s a better source than anything else CNN can seemingly provide. I’m sure Don Lemon will love him.

  8. cookerduff123 says:
    June 15, 2020 at 11:59 am
    tb12greatest says:
    June 15, 2020 at 11:52 am

    I lost all respect for Jenkins when he cheap shotted Brandin Cooks in the Super Bowl, which basically allowed the Eagles to win

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    You are right – it was this moment that allowed the Eagles to win. Nothing to do with the Pats’ defense letting Foles throw 500 yards, Brady fumbling, etc.

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    We were short Edelman and Cooks, which made it easy for the Eagles. If both play a full game, the Pats win hands down.

  9. I’m OK with this because he is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I don’t agree with what he says, but he has a right to say it and CNN can hire anybody they want.

  10. That is where they should be having these discussions. On CNN. Not on MNF. When I go watch a movie with Scarlett Johansson, she doesn’t go off script and start ranting about women’s rights, LBGTQ causes, or minority issues. She does that on her time, not mine. I respect that. Turning what is supposed to be a distraction from all the world’s issues into more coverage of them, well I can just go watch watch cable news on Sunday instead.

  11. collectordude says:
    June 15, 2020 at 11:59 am
    I’d like to see what makes jenkins such an expert to comment on such matters.
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    The same thing that makes you an expert to comment here and on his qualifications. It’s called opinion.

  12. tb12greatest says:
    June 15, 2020 at 11:52 am

    We were short Edelman and Cooks, which made it easy for the Eagles. If both play a full game, the Pats win hands down.

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    Funny considering the Eagles entered the game missing several starters. Either man up or shut up.

  13. You are right – it was this moment that allowed the Eagles to win. Nothing to do with the Pats’ defense letting Foles throw 500 yards, Brady fumbling, etc. ??? Huh Foles was 28-of-43 passing for 373 yards, three touchdowns, an interception brady threw for over 500 yards it was a shootout.

  14. This is good to see. Malcolm will provide a needed voice and honest insight to CNN’s coverage. I’m really proud of all these great young men who are speaking out. They’re really contributing to the positive changes our country needs to see to heal the scourge of systemic institutional racism.

    That HAS to be sarcasm, right?

  15. I like Jenkins and cnn, but am wondering if he is still a football player? His head is in social issues too much.

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