There can be no excuse for ignorance, not now — especially not now — not ever.
DeSean Jackson isn’t the only earthling who either slept in history class or was somehow unaware that Hitler — just writing his name makes my skin crawl — was a diabolical scourge to Jewish men, women and children.
Much more unforgivable and unconscionable if he doesn’t care.
Jackson posting fake quotes from — in my eyes and in the eyes of any and every right-minded human being — the worst human being in the history of mankind on his Instagram story is …
“Offensive, harmful, and absolutely appalling.”
Those were the words in a statement released by the Eagles.
Talk is cheap.
There is no place for anti-Semitism in the NFL — or anywhere.
By anyone. Of any race, creed or color.
I’m Jewish, and damn proud of it, so I know about anti-Semitism. I know about the Holocaust.
“Hitler was a bad person, and I know that,” Jackson said in way of explanation.
Shameful that he didn’t know how bad.
DeSean Jackson: “I definitely didn’t mean it to the extent that you guys took it.”
Shameful that he didn’t know how deeply so many would be offended.
DeSean Jackson: “I was just trying to uplift African Americans and slavery and just enlighten my people. … I didn’t intend any harm or any hatred toward any people.”
During a watershed moment in this country’s history, when so many are finally vowing to listen, vowing to do better, vowing to seek equality for all, we get DeSean Jackson giving us this, giving us hate-spewed reminders of Hitler and notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan.
Niners edge Nick Bosa scrubbed his Twitter page that showed a “like” for a high school friend’s hashtag use of the N word, but that was before NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reached the post-George Floyd conclusion that: “We were wrong.” And Bosa was such a prospect that he was drafted second anyway.
Back in 2014, a Dolphins safety named Don Jones made inappropriate remarks on Twitter when the Rams drafted Michael Sam, who is gay. The club said that Jones could not return to the team until he “undergoes and completes educational training.”
That’s the very least the Eagles should do here.
And then there is this: Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie was born to Jewish parents. Eagles GM Howie Roseman is Jewish. Drew Rosenhaus and Joel Segal — two of Jackson’s previous two agents — are Jewish.
Let’s let Lurie and Roseman decide on the length of the suspension.
“We are continuing to evaluate the circumstances and will take appropriate action,” the Eagles said.
DeSean Jackson began his forced apology this way:
“I post a lot of things that are sent to me.”
Well maybe you should think first, and maybe post later.
And who exactly is it you know who is sending this hateful crap to you? And why is he or she sending it to you in the first place?
Desean Jackson: “Anyone who feels I have hate towards the Jewish community took my post the wrong way.”
How did you expect the Jewish community to take it?
There are enough ignorant people in this world who spray-paint swastikas wherever they can. The last thing we need is anyone giving aid and comfort, however unintended, to the evildoers who kill innocent victims in any place of worship — 11 were killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh 21 months ago.
Jackson must use his platform from this point forward to sing along with the equality chorus.
Jackson later in the day apologized to Lurie and Roseman and his reps have spoken to Rabbi Doniel Grodnitzky of Chabad Young Philly. It’s a start.
Former Eagle Riley Cooper, a white wide receiver, was fined but not suspended for using a racial slur in a 2013 video.
Jackson, even at 33, is a better player, still a deep threat.