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DeSean Jackson, a black wide receiver with the Philadelphia Eagles, is under fire over egregious anti-Semitic Instagram posts praising Louis Farrakhan and touting discredited quotes from Adolf Hitler himself.
But the reaction he is seeing pales in comparison to the reaction New Orleans Saints star quarterback Drew Brees, a white player, faced when he stood up for America by saying that “standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart” shows unity.
Much of the sports world turned on Brees, to include NBA liberal primadonna Lebron James, forcing an apology — when Brees capitulated to the rage mob, the player was still attacked and faced calls for New Orleans to cut him.
The passage from a book shared by Jackson reads:
“Hitler said, ‘because the white Jews knows [sic] that the Negros are the real Children of Israel and to keep Americas secret the Jews will black mail America.
‘[They] will extort America, their pan to 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 Children of Israel.’”
The Philadelphia Eagles released a statement condemning Jackson’s post, but did not call for an apology and announced no immediate actions being taken.
(Owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman are Jewish.)
“We have spoken with DeSean Jackson about his social media posts,” the statement read. “Regardless of his intentions, the messages he shared were offensive, harmful, and absolutely appalling. They have no place in our society, and are not condoned or supported in any way by the organization. We are disappointed and we iterated to DeSean the importance of not only apologizing, but also using his platform to take action to promote unity, equality, and respect. 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.”
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) July 7, 2020
The NFL released a statement calling Jackson’s comments “highly inappropriate, offensive and divisive,” adding that they “stand in stark contrast to the NFL’s values of respect, equality and inclusion.”
Roger Goodell, the “woke” NFL commissioner, recently spoke in support of Black Lives Matter: “We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter.”
Playing the ignorant card, Jackson would eventually post an apology on Instagram.
“I post a lot of things that are sent to me,” he wrote. “I do not have hatred towards anyone. I really didn’t realize what this passage was saying. Hitler has caused terrible pain to Jewish people like the pain African-Americans have suffered. We should be together fighting anti-Semitism and racism. This was a mistake to post this and I truly apologize for posting it and sorry for any hurt I have caused.”
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I post a lot of things that are sent to me. I do not have hatred towards anyone. I really didn’t realize what this passage was saying. Hitler has caused terrible pain to Jewish people like the pain African-Americans have suffered. We should be together fighting anti-Semitism and racism. This was a mistake to post this and I truly apologize for posting it and sorry for any hurt I have caused.
He released a more polished apology that was almost certainly produced by a well-paid public relations firm, promising to “do better” and to “fully educate” himself.
Former Eagles president Joe Banner, who is Jewish, was outraged by Jackson’s posts, calling them “absolutely indefensible,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He also noted in a tweet — accurately — that if the player was white, there’d be a very different reaction.
“If a white player said anything about AA’s as outrageous as what Desean Jackson said about Jews tonight there would at least be a serious conversation about cutting him and a need for a team meeting to discuss. Which would be totally appropriate. Absolutely indefensible.”
If a white player said anything about AA’s as outrageous as what Desean Jackson said about Jews tonight there would at least be a serious conversation about cutting him and a need for a team meeting to discuss. Which would be totally appropriate. Absolutely indefensible.
— Joe Banner (@JoeBanner13) July 7, 2020
“I can’t predict what the Eagles will do,” Banner told the Inquirer. “But I know them well enough to know they will not be OK with it and will be upset and think what he did and said is wrong. Exactly what action this leads to, I wouldn’t try to predict.”
Still, the hypocrisy over how Brees was treated compared to the reactions to Jackson’s posts can’t be dismissed.
In fact, as social media user Ashley St Clair noted, there’s only one way to describe it: “Clown World.”
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
It felt like virtually every NFL player ripped Drew Brees for saying he would stand for the national anthem because he believed kneeling was disrespectful, but I haven’t seen a single NFL player rip Desean Jackson for his anti-Semitic comments.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) July 8, 2020
Drew Brees: “I don’t think kneeling for the flag is right.”
The left: “Cancel Drew Brees! Racist!”
Desean Jackson: Says that Louis Farrakhan and Hitler are right about Jews.
The left: *CRICKETS*
This is where we’re at today in case you were wondering.
— Tyler Zed (@realTylerZed) July 7, 2020
Y’all want to end racism in this country but got more upset at Drew Brees for defending the National Anthem than Desean Jackson for posting Adolf Hitler praise.
— Ashley StClair 🇺🇸 (@stclairashley) July 7, 2020
NFL twitter when DeSean Jackson quotes Hitler vs NFL twitter when Drew Brees is a proud American pic.twitter.com/zHATfnHCta
— Zane (@business_31) July 8, 2020
Drew Brees was dragged by liberals for publicly supporting the national anthem. Players, news media, sports media, everyone dogged him until he apologized.
Anti-semitism on the other hand…receives a ‘talking to.’ What a joke the NFL has become. https://t.co/oMoLViAUq7
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) July 7, 2020
It did not go unnoticed.
Compare it to the recent outrage and condemnation of Drew Brees’ far less offensive comments about standing for the National Anthem. https://t.co/En9sgphqma
— (((AG))) (@AGHamilton29) July 8, 2020
So Drew Brees gets death threats and people demand he retires for saying he stands for the flag and with the people who die for it. But Desean Jackson quotes hitler and says a little apology and everything is fine?!? What?!?
— Jacob Baese (@BaeseJ28) July 7, 2020
Where’s Lebron? Where’s Greg Popavich? Where’s Steve Kerr? All of these people who killed Drew Brees, are silent about Desean Jackson. Pussies
— snacks hornet (@socksocksocks) July 7, 2020
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