Wide receiver DeSean Jackson posted anti-Semitic content on his Instagram page on Monday night and has garnered a ton of criticism from fans who have called on the Eagles to cut him.
The Philadelphia Eagles have released a statement that called the posts “offensive, harmful, and absolutely appalling.
“We are disappointed and we reiterated to DeSean the importance of not only apologizing, but also using his platform to take action to promote unity, equality, and respect,” the Eagles said in their statement. “We are continuing to evaluate the circumstances and will take appropriate action. We take these matters very seriously and are committed to continuing to have productive and meaningful conversations with DeSean, as well as all of our players and staff, in order to educate, learn, and grow.”
Jackson shared quotes that were attributed to Adolf Hitler that accused Jewish people of trying to “extort America.”
“Because the white Jews knows that the Negroes are the real Children of Israel and to keep America’s secret the Jews will blackmail America,” the quote said. “The will extort America, their plan for world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were. The white citizens of America will be terrified to know that all this time they’ve been mistreating and discriminating and lynching the Children of Israel.”
The NFL has now sent out a statement of their own:
The 33-year old wide receiver rejoined the Eagles last season, but injuries only had him playing in three games. DeSean Jackson is entering the second year of a three-year, $27.9 million contract with Philadelphia, which will pay him a total of over $8.6 million in 2020.
Following the Eagles’ statement, Jackson has attempted to explain himself via Instagram: