Just hours after winning the 2018 Super Bowl, team members of the Philadelphia Eagles were asked if they would be celebrating at the White House with Donald Trump after winning their first major game — and one of the players already had an answer lined up.
Malcolm Jenkins, the star defensive back for the team, told CNN’s John Berman that he will not be attending the historic celebration at the White House. When asked if he would be attending, Jenkins said, ““I personally do not anticipate attending that.”
Jenkins is not just another NFL player; he’s one of the African-American players who knelt during the National Anthem to protest police brutality, earning him harsh criticism from President Donald Trump. Jenkins, however, stopped protesting when the NFL donated $100 million to social causes.
When Berman asked Jenkins if he had a message for the President, the NFL player could not have been more direct:
“I don’t have a message for the president,” Jenkins stated. “My message has been clear all year. I’m about creating positive change in the communities that I come from. Whether it be Philadelphia, New Jersey, Ohio, Louisiana, or this entire country, I want to see changes in our criminal justice system. I want to see us push for economical and educational advancement in communities of color and low-income communities. And I want to see our relationships between our communities and our law enforcement be advanced. That’s what myself and my peers have been pushing for the last two years. And that’s what I will continue to do.”
Watch his interview with CNN:
Philadelphia Eagles star Malcolm Jenkins says he intends to skip the team's upcoming visit to the White House to commemorate their Super Bowl victory https://t.co/l0GhR7jev7 pic.twitter.com/mIDgaCuPtt
— CNN (@CNN) February 5, 2018