Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson posted what appeared to be an anti-Semitic post but later apologized and insisted that he is not a Jew-hater. Jackson, a three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, posted a screenshot of a book that features a quote attributed to Adolf Hitler -- saying Jews will "extort" and "blackmail" America as part of a greater "plan for world domination."
But per multiple research websites, the quote didn't come from Hitler but still it was all but a good thing to post or say about the Jewish community. Shortly after, Jackson said in an Instagram post: "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."
Jackson plans to educate himself
Eagles owner Jeff Lurie and General Manager Howie Roseman are both Jewish and Jackson apologized to them and everyone who felt hurt after his post.
"I want to apologize to the Jewish community, Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, Doug Pederson, the Eagles organization and our fans for the insensitive and ill-informed posts that I shared on my social media,” Jackson wrote.
“My intention was to uplift, unite and encourage our culture with positivity and light. Unfortunately, that did not happen. I unintentionally hurt the Jewish community in the process and for that I am sorry. Now, more than ever, we must work together to end discrimination of all types and against all people and communities.
This apology is more than just words. It is a promise to do better. I will fully educate myself and work with local and national organizations to be more informed and make a difference in our community. I will consider my words and actions moving forward.
I will seek out voices from other communities and listen to their words, thoughts and beliefs. In a time of division, I am committed to doing my part in making this world a better place for our children”. Jackson, who returned to the Eagles last offseason for his second stint with the team, played in only three games last year before he suffered a season-ending injury.