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Malcolm Jenkins' Signs Talk for Him on Nixed Eagles' White House Visit

Malcolm Jenkins' Signs Talk for Him on Nixed Eagles' White House Visit

Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins during a press conference in advance of Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots at Mall of America. (Jerry Lai/USA Today Sports via Reuters)

By    |   Thursday, 07 June 2018 09:42 AM

Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles let handwritten signs do the talking Wednesday when he was questioned by reporters about President Donald Trump canceling the Super Bowl champions' trip to the White House this week, ESPN reported.

The Eagles safety known for his community service work in the Philadelphia area held up signs related to social justice issues and social service work done by NFL players when he was quizzed by journalists about the cancellation, the sports network said.

According to Philly.com instead of verbally addressing questions, Jenkins displayed signs that stated:

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said little about the controversy, saying that he was looking forward to the trip to meet Trump but adding that the story was over and he was focused on practice Wednesday, Philly.com reported.

Jenkins broke his silence verbally Wednesday evening after a meeting with public defenders around the country, ESPN said.

"I'm tired of the narrative being about the anthem, about the White House or whatever," Jenkins told reporters, per ESPN. "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.

"And for me, I feel like this is the time to do that. 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," Jenkins continued.

The NFL last month established a new policy requiring players to stand if they are on the field during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner," giving them the option of staying in the locker room.

The league has been trying to find an answer for the protest started in 2016 by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who to took a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. That silent protest spread to other players in the league.

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Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins held up signs about social justice issues after President Donald Trump canceled the team's trip to the White House, later explaining that he is "tired of the narrative being about the anthem."
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