DeSean Jackson educates himself after offensive social media posts

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Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson still has a job. He still has a job because he has done all the right things since creating a firestorm with anti-Semitic social media posts this summer.

Owner Jeffrey Lurie, who is Jewish, called the posts “disgusting and appalling” and challenged Jackson to educate himself on the Holocaust.

Jackson on Wednesday met with the Philadelphia media for the first time since November. He addressed the social media posts from July and the steps he has taken since.

“I’ve been just using the time to educate myself and really just man up to the actions I took and just educate and learn from it,” Jackson said, via Reuben Frank of NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com. “Over the past few months I kind of had to reflect on just life. . . . You know, people make mistakes in life, and it was a mistake I made and I had to own up to it as a man, which I did, but I think I’m taking the proper steps to educate and learn from something I didn’t really know very much about.”

Jackson and Patriots receiver Julian Edelman have agreed to a museum exchange program. Edelman will take Jackson to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and Jackson will give Edelman a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Jackson also has committed to a visit the site of a concentration camp in Poland.

Jackson said he learned a lesson about social media, too.

“Honestly, just knowing what it is that you’re putting out there in the world,” Jackson said. “Social media could be used . . . for a number of things and what I chose to use it for on that day obviously brought some bad light to myself, so just really knowing the ins and outs of kind of what to post, what not to post, just how to be careful about what you post, that’s the No. 1 thing that I’ve learned from it.”

Jackson, 33, reiterated he has “learned from” and “owned up to” his social media posts, which included a quote incorrectly attributed to Hitler.

The three-time Pro Bowler has spent his money and time doing community work in the Crenshaw section of his hometown of Los Angeles. He will continue to use his voice in the fight for social justice.

“I’m going to be a firm believer that . . . we can come together regardless of color or regardless of race. It’s a fight we’re all fighting together,” Jackson said.

28 responses to “DeSean Jackson educates himself after offensive social media posts

  1. BS, he meant every word he said. He back tracked, because he was told to. I would rather a person own their words .

  2. We have to give DJ respect for owning his mistake and acting like a man. Too many people in society today blame everyone and everything for their bonehead moments.

  3. What did he learn? Whom did he apologize too. Seems like he did the bare minimum in order to keep his job.

    Big failure from the Eagles. If they had better and healthier WRs he’d be gone but because of their need he’s still around.

    Pathetic on Jackson’s part.

  4. tombreck2 says:
    September 9, 2020 at 6:54 pm
    The world would be a better place if twitter did not exist
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    And facebook and .insert any other social media platform.

  5. tombreck2 says:
    September 9, 2020 at 6:54 pm
    The world would be a better place if twitter did not exist

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    Disagree and I don’t have a twitter account. People who say stupid things would still just say them out loud, twitter allows everyone to know who’s truly stupid, including big orange.

  6. I’ve been to a concentration camp in Germany. You expect wars to get nasty, but that was a whole other level from what the world has seen.

    The prisoners were no longer human in their eyes. It reminded me of a slaughterhouse, except the meat was dumped in ditches.

    I hope DeSean Jackson learns something… what everyone should already know. Because what happened can never happened again.

  7. Education is the key to everything. Our country would be way more awesome if education was available to everyone at no cost. It would save hundreds of billions of tax dollars in the long run.

  8. Many people say stupid things when they are uninformed. Hats off to Jackson for being shamed into having to educate himself about one of history’s worst cases of racism and informing himself. Now, concerning that other 40 per cent of his compatriots, there is still a lot of work to do. Racism is awful, divisive, and demeaning. Doesn’t matter which race is being slagged.

  9. Assuming he’s sincere, I have trouble comprehending how someone could not have known about the Holocaust.

  10. “Education is the key to everything. Our country would be way more awesome if education was available to everyone at no cost. It would save hundreds of billions of tax dollars in the long run.”

    “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.” This metaphoric term dates from the 12th century and was in John Heywood’s proverb collection of 1546.

  11. That apology lacked any substance that shows he’s learned anything other than you can get yourself roasted for posting the wrong things on social media.

  12. charliecharger says:
    September 9, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Education is the key to everything. Our country would be way more awesome if education was available to everyone at no cost. It would save hundreds of billions of tax dollars in the long run.

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    At no cost to who, exactly?

  13. It doesn’t sound like he’s actually DONE anything. He’s “committed” to doing things but has not yet done them. Weak.

  14. hobbes says:
    September 9, 2020 at 9:36 pm
    Assuming he’s sincere, I have trouble comprehending how someone could not have known about the Holocaust.

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    2/3 of today’s millenials don’t even know the three branches of our Government….but they can tell you what Cardi B wore to the latest awards show….

  15. tombreck2 says:
    September 9, 2020 at 6:54 pm
    The world would be a better place if twitter did not exist
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    AMEN!

  16. Very few are immediately able to change public perspective this early… For some, he will always be the sum of his social media missteps. Being contrite and taking the necessary steps to understand the gravity of your public opinion is important. However, understanding that anti- Semitic remarks are just as divisive and hurtful as any other racial charged rants is much more valuable. I hope he follows through, learns from people wiser and more educated than himself and ultimately learns that this fight has roots that have grown far deeper than he can, currently, grasp.

  17. I’m glad he educated himself and hope it took but I’m still appalled by the complete lack of player and major media response to his remarks.

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