After his big win, Philadelphia’s Malcolm Jenkins was asked if he plans on visiting the White House — an invite traditionally offered to the players of every Super Bowl-winning team.
Jenkins is part of the Players Coalition — an effort by NFL athletes to take action on systemic issues and injustices facing Americans of color. With a White House occupant who’s railed against athletes protesting police brutality and urged fans to boycott the NFL, is Jenkins on board visiting 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?
“No, I personally do not anticipate [going to the White House],” Jenkins answered on CNN’s New Day on Feb. 5, which you can watch below.
“What message would you like to send to the president?” CNN’s John Berman pressed the 30-year-old Eagles safety. “I don’t have a message for the president,” Jenkins responded.
He continued (emphasis added):
“My message has been clear all year. I’m about creating positive change in the communities that I come from — whether it be Philadelphia, New Jersey, Ohio, Louisiana … I want to see changes in our criminal justice system, I want to see us pushing for economic and educational advancement in communities of color and low-income communities, and I want to see our relationships between our communities and our law enforcement be advanced. That’s what myself and my peers have been pushing for for the last two years, and that’s what I’ll continue to do.”Advertisements