The Philadelphia Eagles have fined wide receiver Desean Jackson for posting an anti-Semitic message on his Instagram account as the team noted the 33-year-old will have to take further action if he wants to remain on the team.
This week, the three-time Pro Bowl receiver posted Jackson posted a quote incorrectly attributed to Adolph Hitler: “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.
They will extort America, their plan for world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were." Since the post, Jackson has twice publicly apologized, he has spoken with fellow NFL star Julian Edelman -- who is a Jewish so he could learn more -- he also spoke with a rabbi and met with a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor.
"This has been a difficult and emotional week for our community and organization," the Eagles said in a statement. "We have had a number of conversations over the last few days, not only with DeSean Jackson, but also with many other players, members of the organization, and leaders in the community.
"Today we have penalized DeSean for conduct detrimental to the team. He accepted these consequences and apologized. In our many conversations with him, it has also been made clear that this is only the beginning. We have discussed a concrete plan for how we and he can heal moving forward.
He understands that in order to remain on the team, he must also commit to supporting his words with actions ... We must continue to fight against anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination, while not losing sight of the important battle against systemic racism."
Jackson admitted his mistake
"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 said.
“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."