DeSean Jackson apologizes for anti-Semitic post

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Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has apologized for an Instagram post that attributed a quote to Adolf Hitler saying, “the Jews will blackmail America.”

“I just want to, first off, extend an apology,” Jackson said in an Instagram video. “I never want to put any race down or any people down. My post was definitely not intended for anybody of any race to feel any type of way, especially the Jewish community. When I posted what I posted I definitely didn’t mean it to the extent that you guys took it.”

Jackson added that “Hitler was a bad person and I know that” and “People that know me know I have no hatred in my heart.”

Absent from Jackson’s apology is any statement that he plans to educate himself, or speak with leaders in Philadelphia’s Jewish community. That will probably be a necessary step for Jackson to be forgiven for a social media post that was beyond the pale.

93 responses to “DeSean Jackson apologizes for anti-Semitic post

  1. When it came to Drew B talking about the flag Shannon Sharpe said Drew should just retire ,,,well Shannon should Jackson just retire ???

  2. Regardless, it was pretty dumb. Posting a quote of Hitler, whatever your intended meaning, is probably not a good idea. It should be common sense, but it’s not that common.

  3. I’m by no means a fan of cancel culture, but the Eagles have to cut this guy, right?

  4. There is a reason chip kelly got rid of the loser DeSean Jackson the eagles never won with him then after they get rid of him they win the superbowl howie Rosman is the worst Gm in sports gets rid of foles and brings back the Poison DeSean Jackson

  5. Drew Brees had to apologize 2-3 times and donate millions…

    Where’s your donation Mr Jackson?

  6. Ignorance even if it was fake is not an excuse… he knew what he was saying. Now, there is backlash the “oh I didn’t know what I was really saying” thing to save his job.

  7. Hey, DeSean. Two points. You said, “I definitely didn’t mean it to the extent that you guys took it.” Don’t blame it on us as to how we took it. So what exactly did you mean? Also, you said, “People that know me know I have no hatred in my heart.” When you post to over one million people who follow you, you are not addressing only people who know you. So, sorry, that one doesn’t absolve you either.

  8. Somewhere, chip Kelly is saying….”I told you so”……Kelly may stink at coaching but he knew lesean and DeSean had to go for the eagles to win the luckiest sb in the history of the NFL.

  9. That’s the same pile of horse dung dang near every racist has used to explain or justify their comments. He’s no better than a white supremacist.

  10. Can it be classified an apology when he literally said “you took it the wrong way”?

    Reality is that most people understand the English language and know the actual context of his posts. Also, most people know that Hitler wasn’t just a “bad guy”… but actually one of the worst humans in the history of the planet.

  11. “When I posted what I posted I definitely didn’t mean it to the extent that you guys took it.””

    I’m pretty sure no race likes to be referred to as “you guys”. It doesn’t exactly scream inclusion.

  12. Either a) he meant it or b) he’s just stupid. Not too many other options.

  13. The worst part is…go look on social media….tons and tons of people saying that “he’s speaking truth” and that’s how it is, America is blind. This is A PROBLEM!!!

  14. flajoe12 says:
    July 7, 2020 at 12:08 pm
    …and absolutely nothing will happen to him! Major double standard!
    ___________________________________

    ….what makes you think a double standard exists here? Your history is unmatched in violence and racism.
    Theres a whole lot of atonement you need to accomplish before you start talking about double standards.

  15. …When I posted what I posted I definitely didn’t mean it to the extent that you guys took it….
    ————————————————————–

    What does that even mean? Could he not get his agent to write an intelligent apology, or was that nonsense actually from his agent?

  16. Mass shredding of this GUYs football cards at my place tonight … bring your own adult beverage!

  17. Talk about bad timing for him. Notice how much more eloquent his apology is, than his backtracking on his post?

  18. I couldn’t imagine the backlash if Desean was white and said something racist about black people…

  19. flajoe12 says:
    July 7, 2020 at 12:08 pm
    …and absolutely nothing will happen to him! Major double standard!

    ———————-

    Just like Cooper was cut right? White people call for a double standard even when there isn’t one.

  20. “That will probably be a necessary step for Jackson to be forgiven for a social media post that was beyond the pale.”

    Forgiven? What is that? It’s 2020.

  21. The Eagles didn’t cut Riley Cooper after he was caught calling a black security guard the n-word. They’re not gonna cut Jackson now.

  22. I miss the days before social media, before every little thought (hmmm I hate so and so, and I’m offended by everything) or action (hey I ate captain crunch this morning) was posted.., and everyone left a reply either for or against said comment… oh wait ..

  23. So, to paraphrase: “I never intended my obviously racist comments to offend that race.”

  24. Theres a whole lot of atonement you need to accomplish before you start talking about double standards.
    ——————————————————————————————–
    There is no ‘Atonement’ needed. Get on your knees and thank God in heaven that you are in the U.S.A.

  25. I’m African American. Don’t think for one moment we condone this despicable racism.

  26. Brees: I love my country.
    Response: Kill him!

    Jackson: I love Hitler.
    Response: Aww man…it’s cool.

  27. Wow. after reading all these comments, i’m surprised most of you get out of bed every morning. The sight of your own shadows must really scare you. This is the same crowd that hated on Michael Vick when he came back in the league. Yet he’s been an exemplary citizen since.. (which is what prison is supposed to do, rehab).
    getting Offended seems to be the 2020 version of being cool. I suppose none of you ever said anything stupid or bad or something you wished you didn’t say. You’re all perfect.
    I cant wait to see DJax roast all your top CBs..make em look stupid.

  28. As far as MeSean going to another NFC East team, he only plays 2 games a year, not a problem.

  29. I’m still not sure what the impetus was to post something like that in the first place. I guess at least he didn’t take the Roseanne Barr approach and attribute it to Ambien or whatever. But still. Why? I legitimately want to know what he was thinking. His, um, apology or what have you certainly didn’t explain it.

  30. Where are all the SJW athletes speaking about on this injustice? Then again it’s not like he said he’d stand for the anthem. If that was the case he’d be told to stay in his lane or maybe retire.

  31. Hollow apology. He knew what he was saying. To him I have to say that “Some words you can’t take back”. Yes, there are blacks who are racist. They are not holier than thou.

  32. make em look stupid.

    Judging from your comment stupid is something you are comfortable. At some point you have to hold people accountable for mistakes they are too old to make…..wait but that’s not cool being responsible for ones actions.

  33. Just cut it with the fake apology. Really, how can he say, with a straight face, that “I definitely didn’t mean it to the extent that you guys took it.”? The words speak for themselves, most people can comprehend the written word. He claims to know “Hitler was a bad person”, yet he posts a quote attributed to him anyway, then “apologizes”, claiming ignorance. Throw Farrakhan into the mix, and you think people are going to buy what you’re selling?

  34. “When I posted what I posted I definitely didn’t mean it to the extent that you guys took it.”

    Oh, so it is everybody else’s fault for taking it to a certain extent? Way to try and divert blame, and sorry, you don’t get a pass. Try taking some responsibility (TRUE responsibility, and not the response you made because the league for on you to apologize. It wasn’t genuine, and it was very easy to see it wasn’t genuine.

    Grow up, Jackson.

  35. cav2ya says:
    July 7, 2020 at 1:52 pm
    Wow. after reading all these comments, i’m surprised most of you get out of bed every morning. The sight of your own shadows must really scare you. This is the same crowd that hated on Michael Vick when he came back in the league. Yet he’s been an exemplary citizen since.. (which is what prison is supposed to do, rehab).
    getting Offended seems to be the 2020 version of being cool. I suppose none of you ever said anything stupid or bad or something you wished you didn’t say. You’re all perfect.
    I cant wait to see DJax roast all your top CBs..make em look stupid.

    Only thing that reformed that GUY was lack of that huge paycheck …

  36. Jackson has been a major league lowlife ever since he entered the NFL. Like many in many other areas, his talent got him a pass. The Iggles can do better than this guy. It’s not about political correctness; that isn’t even part of the equation. Cut him.

  37. the hell kind of apology is that? i didn’t mean it to the extent you took it? there wasn’t any subtlety or nuance in that quote.

  38. I’ll never understand this culture of absolving yourself of accountability for your actions by just saying “you misunderstood me.”

    It holds true for the anthem kneeling just like it holds true for this. You don’t get to just do some hateful or disrespectful thing and then offer up an ex post facto explanation that it means something different and blame everyone else for misinterpreting it.

    “Perception is reality” is just such an important and fundamental lesson that everyone needs to re-learn. If you have to instruct people how to perceive your message in order to avoid coming off as hateful or disrespectful, then your message sucks.

  39. Matt Giaquinto says:
    July 7, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    This is insane. If this was Drew Brees, he would be crucified.
    ————————————————————–

    Absolutely right. People consider Brees to be smart and astute with maturity and self-awareness. Do you think that’s an accurate description of Desean Jackson?

  40. I have no problem with what DeSean Jackson said because nobody pays attention to him. I don’t condone it, but what I’m hearing from our nations leaders is a lot worse.

  41. Weak apology. Should be cut but probably won’t be because of his black priviledge.

  42. Clitoral Hood says:
    July 7, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    There is no ‘Atonement’ needed. Get on your knees and thank God in heaven that you are in the U.S.A.
    ———————————–

    Which god is that? The same one who stands by while we lock children in cages? Or is it the one that tells evangelicals that lying, cheating, stealing and whoring is good stuff if the President is the one doing it.

    Maybe in four months that will ring true if real patriots and lovers of America step up to end the nightmare we have been living in since November of 2016.

  43. He is only speaking from his wallet. Probably afraid of the lost wages form endorsements now.

  44. Because quoting anything from Hitler is ok and meaningless? I don’t get it…

  45. This will get swept under the rug because it’s a black person throwing racist comments at basically a white person. If it was a white player saying this same thing about Muslims or black people, there would be a protest at the teams headquarters, and a good chance the place gets burned to the ground.

  46. He needs to be held to the same standard that an Anthen-Kneeler would hold a Caucasian person saying the same types of things.

  47. dcpatfan says:
    July 7, 2020 at 12:57 pm
    flajoe12 says:
    July 7, 2020 at 12:08 pm
    …and absolutely nothing will happen to him! Major double standard!
    ___________________________________

    ….what makes you think a double standard exists here? Your history is unmatched in violence and racism.
    Theres a whole lot of atonement you need to accomplish before you start talking about double standards.

    ———————————

    MY history? Atonement? If I have to “atone” for what other white people have done, does that mean you have to atone for what other black people have done?

    That’s the double standard being referred to.

  48. Needs to be cut right now. No place for this kind of ignorance and racism on the Eagles.

  49. I am a huge Eagles fan…but if I have the “system” right now…he gets thrown out of the league.
    Right

  50. pendragon54 says:
    July 7, 2020 at 3:21 pm
    He needs to be held to the same standard that an Anthen-Kneeler would hold a Caucasian person saying the same types of things.

    8 1 Rate This
    _—-+++
    Interesting take as it’s the “anthem kneeler” who is being held to a standard powerful entities will not make public.

  51. If you were a professor or tow truck driver you’d be fired by now, easily.
    Cancel Desean!

  52. This is one of the most racist things i’ve seen a player do. Its really tainting the whole product. You add this to fake Super Bowl results, fake NFC championship results the year before…..a growing list of fake playoff and super bowl outcomes, as well as some of the biggest dynasties being the biggest cheaters…….this league is losing my interest quick.

  53. Sorry, but apologies don’t cut it ny more. The mob will not be satisfied until it has its pound of flesh. Cut him.

  54. I think an apology is less important than an explanation. He was trying to say something with that post. He should be honest about what it is.

  55. I’ll bet he’s relieved he didn’t say anything crazy like that he would be standing for the anthem… Then he’d really be in trouble…

  56. Where is Malcom Jenkins and Kenny Stills? Shouldn’t they be denouncing him right about now? Oh I forgot, he’s on their “side”.

  57. Was that an apology? LOL Drew Bress was thrown under a bus for an opinion. He never said anything racist but yet no African American players are condemning Jackson for his words of hate and they are pretty bad. Where is Malcolm Jenkins video about what Jackson said? Where is Lebron James? If you want to make a difference, the rules have to apply to everyone or nothing will ever change.

  58. D-Jax, what on earth did you intend this to be? There’s nothing to be misunderstood.

  59. Yea thought we’re working on the race thing in this country but a hilter quote sure doesn’t help the case. Guess that proves the school systems don’t teach and just push kids through.

  60. Hold up, if a white guy said something even less offensive about a POC we all know what would happen to him…I am at a loss regarding the obvious double standard presented here.

  61. Satan says:
    July 7, 2020 at 3:38 pm
    dcpatfan says:
    July 7, 2020 at 12:57 pm
    flajoe12 says:
    July 7, 2020 at 12:08 pm
    …and absolutely nothing will happen to him! Major double standard!
    ___________________________________

    ….what makes you think a double standard exists here? Your history is unmatched in violence and racism.
    Theres a whole lot of atonement you need to accomplish before you start talking about double standards.

    ———————————

    MY history? Atonement? If I have to “atone” for what other white people have done, does that mean you have to atone for what other black people have done?

    That’s the double standard being referred to.
    _______________________________________
    Yes…Your History! and a not to distant one at that!
    Violence and Racism against others is your problem. Not ours.
    When I see Black People committing the level of insidious wholesale racialism,
    perhaps my humanity will put me in check.
    Until then…YOU have work to do.

  62. Come on, guys. Let’s be cool. We’re all in this together here. We’re not separate species.

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