Members of the Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly planning a protest during the National Anthem at Monday night’s football game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said in a radio interview Friday that he and other players will “make a statement during the national anthem” before the Bears’ home opener, according to ESPN.

“Last week, we talked about doing some stuff, but we wanted to make sure that we didn’t do anything to take away from the families that suffered from 9/11,” Jenkins said. “We didn’t want to mess with that day, so we left last week alone. But moving forward, I’m sure there will be guys that’ll probably join in.”


When asked if he anticipates whether he and other players will be “showing their feelings,” Jenkins responded, “Definitely.”

Fox News reports:

Jenkins said minorities have been disadvantaged since the United States’ founding, adding that it “has nothing to do with this country or the flag or the anthem.”

Jenkins discussed the team’s reported plan with new head coach Doug Pederson, a former backup quarterback to Brett Favre in Green Bay, who said he is “OK with it”, according to the All-Pro defender.

“Really it’s just to continue to push forward the conversation about social injustice. And that’s… a range of things from police brutality to wages and job opportunities and education.” Jenkins added during the interview.

The Eagles protest stems from San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who sat, then kneeled, for the playing of the National Anthem during the NFL’s preseason. Since Kaepernick’s actions, a wave of football players from different teams have chosen to join him in protested the National Anthem.

“There’s been league-wide discussions about this topic,” Jenkins stated. “There’s a lot of guys that want to speak out and want to be a part of the movement but just aren’t sure about which way they want to go about doing that, and I think you’ve seen guys over the last couple weeks join in in various ways.”


(H/T: Fox News)

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