Malik Jackson: See players as people not financial burdens or roster spots

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The NFL and NFLPA have come to agreement on some protocols for opening training camp at team facilities later this month, but other details about COVID-19 testing and other issues remain to be worked out.

Many players have expressed a desire to learn those details and Eagles defensive tackle Malik Jackson has added his voice to that group. In a post to Instagram, Jackson called it “unacceptable and utterly disrespectful” to be moving forward without “answers to simple questions we’ve been asking since this pandemic started.”

Jackson goes on to say that players are willing to “juggle the risk” that comes with playing professional football, but notes those risks are greater this year and calls it “asinine” to think players can spend all week maintaining social distancing before playing games on Sunday.

“Respectfully, every owner is over 40 and understandable will probably not be out there with us on the field nor in the building,” Jackson wrote. “I ask in this moment you see us as people not financial burdens or roster spots. Health is wealth for both parties.”

One of the outstanding issues between the league and union concerns the response to players that want to opt out of playing because they’re uncomfortable with the current circumstances. Assuming others share Jackson’s concerns, answers on that front could be a significant development.

16 responses to “Malik Jackson: See players as people not financial burdens or roster spots

  1. Oh geez. Pandemic or no ,I don’t have the option of “opting out” of work.

    How would he handle the drudgery of a job in the real world.

  2. It doesn’t sound like he wants “ free money “. To me, it sounds like he wants to ensure the owners are treating the players like human beings instead of chess pieces. It sounds like he wants the players to have the option to sit out and not have a consequence for doing so like the other sports

  3. Owners don’t build and maintain their wealth by valuing anything but profits.

  4. Imagine if all the nurses out there making $60k a year or less had this mindset.

  5. I came into this article ready to criticize Malik Jackson for his comments based on the headline but…he’s exactly right.

    To wit: “…Jackson called it “unacceptable and utterly disrespectful” to be moving forward without “answers to simple questions we’ve been asking since this pandemic started.”

    Beat him up in the comments if you must, but he’s right.

  6. Like it or not, that’s all you are. Your career will end within a few years and the teams will still exist long after you’re done. You can quit, no one is forcing you to make millions to entertain people.

  7. We’re all burdens Malik, the bean counters rule the world. If you get paid more than you bring in for the Corporation you’re history…

  8. electricboogalo says:
    Owners don’t build and maintain their wealth by valuing anything but profits.
    ==

    Players, on the other hand, play solely for the love of the game, and would do it for free if only given the chance (dripping with sarcasm).
    I love how so many NFL players have been seen over the past three months ignoring and occasionally flaunting every social distancing guideline there is, yet now that it’s time to go to work they’re suddenly incredibly health conscious — only worried about their brothers — and can’t wait to vilify their “evil” employers.
    I highly doubt there will be a full NFL season, and I think shutting it down would be a wise decision. But if the NFL does decide to play then some of these entitled babies can get out there and do their jobs, just like all the other guys making $15 an hour have to do.
    If they don’t want to play, I imagine a lot of them with their qualifications would have no trouble finding a top-flight job in either the food service or housekeeping industries.

  9. Sorry Malik…But when there’s NO revenue every employee is a financial burden.

  10. Fine. Then cancel the season and none of the players get paid. I wonder how long it’ll take for them to be missing paychecks before they start whining about needing to feed their families while they are driving around in their Ferraris and Lambos.

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