On Friday, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins indicated that his team had planned a demonstration for the national anthem on Monday night. The Eagles ended up following through on Jenkins’ comments.
Ahead of their game against the Bears at Soldier Field on “Monday Night Football,” Jenkins and a few other Eagles raised their fists during the anthem. According to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News those other players were Ron Brooks, Steven Means, and Marcus Smith.
There is some disagreement, however, about Smith’s participation.
There seems to be some disagreement in press box over whether Marcus Smith raised fist. I’m pretty sure he did. We’re a long way away tho
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) September 20, 2016
Here’s a look:
The cameras were ready.
A line of cameras stand in front of Malcolm Jenkins before the national anthem.
— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) September 20, 2016
Protests during the national anthem have occurred all across the NFL ever since 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remained seated during preseason games. Kaepernick ended up kneeling during the anthem in the 49ers’ final preseason game after meeting with former long snapper and Green Beret, Nate Boyer, about getting his message back on track. Kaepernick also committed a million dollars to charities that help communities in need.
Since Kaepernick started his protest, he’s been joined by numerous players. Some have kneeled while others have raised a fist during the anthem.
On Friday, Jenkins explained why he wanted to join in on Kaepernick’s protest against racial injustice in America.
“For me, it has nothing to do with this country or the flag or the anthem in itself,” Jenkins said, per CSNPhilly.com. “Really, it’s just to continue to push for the conversation about social injustice. And that’s a range of things from police brutality to wages and job opportunities to education. It’s just a lot of things systematically that have been set up in this country, since its inception that really put minorities, especially African-Americans, at a disadvantage, when you’re talking about quality of life and actually growing in this country.
“So we want to continue to keep that conversation going and push it to as many people as we can. Obviously, while also doing our part in bringing forth change. And I think, obviously, this has been a hot topic and the more players that join in, the further this conversation goes. And I think after the initial shock of what happened and once everybody started to listen to what his message was, it’s become a really good conversation that’s going on nationwide. I think every player has an opinion and definitely wants to share, use their stage to do better.”
Jenkins added that the team didn’t protest last week because their game was played on 9/11.
Source: CBS Sports / LOOK: Four Eagles players raise fists during national anthem at Soldier Field