DESEAN JACKSON: OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF APOLOGY TO THE NFL
& THE JEWISH COMMUNITY
July 7, 2020 (Post By: DeSean Jackson Foundation, 7/15/2020)
PHILADELPHIA, PA (July 15, 2020)
First and foremost, I want to apologize to the Jewish community, Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner; Jeffrey Lurie, Philadelphia Eagles’ Owner, Howie Roseman, Philadelphia Eagles’ General Manager, Doug Pederson, Philadelphia Eagles’ Head Coach, the Eagles’ organization and fans; and, my esteemed Philadelphia Eagles‘ team members for the insensitive and ill-informed posts that I shared on my social media on July 5 and 6.
My intent and purpose were to uplift and unite the Black community by presenting a quote that exemplified how the Black race has persevered with resolve and fortitude, which has been doubted, and repressed for generations. Unfortunately, I failed at conveying my point and unintentionally ostracized another oppressed community–the Jewish community–in the process. Now more than ever, I realize that we must work together to eradicate discrimination and hatred of all types and against all races, ethnicity and cultures.
This apology is more than words — it is my promise and commitment to do better and be better. I will educate myself and work with local and national organizations to be well-informed and engaged in dialogue that will advocate for positive social justice initiatives and social change. I will seek out voices from other communities and listen to their words, thoughts and beliefs with empathy and compassion. I will strive to use my platform to align myself with the mission and purpose of the National Football League’s Inspire Change Initiative which showcases how the players, owners and the league work together to create positive change in communities across America.
My sincere apology is also extended to the Philadelphia Eagles’ players for any disruptions and distractions that they may have experienced as a result of my actions; and, any negative social media they are receiving for supporting me. I sincerely apologize.
- DeSean William Jackson
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Contact: Joie Adams, DeSean Jackson Foundation