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Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins Calls NFL Owners ‘Cowards’ For Making Example of Colin Kaepernick
Everyday, more and more athletes are mustering up the courage to speak out against the NFL and the owners for their treatment of Colin Kaepernick.
Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is just the latest to give his take on why the former San Francisco 49ers QB can’t secure a job in a league where trash QB’s run rampant.
Jenkins called NFL owners ‘cowards’ during a recent interview:
“This is just some other teams being, quite honestly, cowards, to say that they’re afraid of backlash to sign someone to make their team better when fans’ input has never been in the equation when it comes to signing people in the past,” Jenkins told delawareonline.com Thursday.
“It’s certain owners’ way of making an example out of [Kaepernick] to discourage anybody else from doing what he did.”
Jenkins was one of a handful of NFL players to stage some sort of anthem protest last season. But because Kaepernick was the first to do it, he got the heaviest backlash from fans.
“Four months ago, there was a debate as to whether [Kaepernick] is talented enough or whatever,” Jenkins said. “I think at this point in time when you look at the quarterbacks who have jobs around the league, and the amount of owners and GMs who have only spoken of what fans would think about his stance. I think it’s safe to throw out that talent argument, and basically focus on the fact that he doesn’t have a job solely because he didn’t stand for the anthem last year, even though he already expressed that he planned on standing this year.
“That message, to me, is loud and clear from owners as to where their priorities stand and how they go about picking and choosing who they want on their teams. It’s definitely unfortunate, but it’s shining a light on just how the NFL operates and what we deem as acceptable. It really has nothing to do with what’s right or wrong, but what affects dollars. That’s business as usual, but I think it’s an unfortunate precedent to set.”