While social media roiled over whether or not the Philadelphia Eagles’ visit to the White House as Super Bowl champions should or should not have happened (and another senseless attack from President Donald Trump on the NFL’s “anthem controversy”), Malcolm Jenkins injected some sanity into the situation Tuesday.
As the media coverage continued to focus more on the reactions to the social justice protests during the national anthem than the meat of them, the Eagles safety found another way to get his points across Wednesday when reporters descended on the Eagles locker room.
He held up multiple hand-made signs detailing some of the issues he wants to see addressed while also highlighting actions some of his teammates have taken to try to make the world a better place.
The former Ohio State standout has been among the most active and outspoken players on social issues, though notably he has not been among those who kneeled during the anthem.
(None of the Eagles have, apparently.)
That’s probably helped him be more productive because it leaves more time for actually discussing his positions, which are specific, detailed and thorough.
Of course, Jenkins can’t control what gets the most media coverage, but he seems to have figured out how to get attention without obscuring his message -- no small feat in this day and age.