The Eagles announced Friday that DeSean Jackson has been “penalized” for his anti-Semitic social media posts earlier in the week that falsely attributed quotes to Adolf Hitler and also praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
The Eagles didn’t specify the penalty, but a source said that Jackson was fined. There was the possibility that Jackson, considered the team’s top wide receiver, could have either been released or suspended.
Those were apparently alternatives that the Eagles had considered, and might still if Jackson doesn’t continue “supporting his words with actions,” the team said in a statement.
Jackson accepted the penalty for “conduct detrimental to the team,” and apologized.
“It has also been made clear that this is only the beginning … He understands that in order to remain on the team, he must also commit to supporting his words with actions. We have been encouraged by his desire to educate himself, but we all understand that there is still a lot of work to be done.”
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Jackson apologized twice on Tuesday after the Eagles called his posts “offensive, harmful, and absolutely appalling.”
Jackson has also spoken with leaders in the Jewish community throughout the week.
On Friday, Jackson posted a photo on Instagram on Friday saying that “Today I had the opportunity to speak with 94 year old holocaust survivor Mr. Edward Mosberg. Thank you Mr. Mosberg for your valuable time and insight today. Im (sic) taking this time to continue with educating myself and bridging the gap between different cultures, communities & religions. LOVE 2 ALL!!!!!”
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who is Jewish, reached out to Jackson with a video asking him: “How about we go to (Washington) DC and I take you to the Holocaust Museum? And you take me to the Museum of African American history and culture.”
Edelman later tweeted that he and Jackson “spoke for awhile (Thursday) night. We’re making plans to use our experiences to educate one another and grow together. Stay tuned.”
The team added that it has “a concrete plan for how we and he can heal moving forward.”
Both Eagles president and CEO Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman are Jewish. Jackson said in his Instagram post Tuesday that he apologized to both men.
“We appreciate (Jackson’s) desire to educate himself, but we all understand there is still a lot of work to be done,” the Eagles said in their statement.
“We will continue to assist DeSean in this process, and we also know all of us in our organization need to listen and learn more about things that are unfamiliar or uncomfortable to us.
“We must continue to fight against anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination, while not losing sight of the important battle against systemic racism.”
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