Eagles' DeSean Jackson apologizes, says he didn't realize what anti-Semitic Instagram quote 'was saying'

Les Bowen and Rob Tornoe, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson apologized Tuesday for his recent Instagram posts, in which he praised Louis Farrakhan and shared a text that included a fake Hitler quote.

Jackson's attempt to explain and express remorse included a statement and a video, in which he said he "didn't intend any harm or hatred," and he disavowed any approval of Hitler.

"I really didn't understand what this passage was saying," Jackson wrote. "Hitler has caused terrible pain to Jewish people like the pain African Americans have suffered. We should be together fighting anti-Semitism and racism."

In the accompanying video, Jackson said, in part: "I post things on my story all the time, and just probably never should have posted anything that Hitler did, because Hitler was a bad person, and I know that. I was just trying to uplift African Americans, and slavery, and just enlighten my people."

Jackson said that people who know him "know I have no hatred in my heart, that I'd never try to put another religion down to uplift my religion or my race."

Jackson's apology came as the team released a statement that said the views Jackson endorsed on Instagram "have no place in our society and are not condoned or supported in any way by the organization."


The statement indicated the team will take further action -- perhaps a fine -- and outlined what the team feels Jackson needs to do to atone: " ... not only apologizing, but using his platform to take action to promote unity, equality and respect."

The statement did not mention the possibility of Jackson's being released, but it might be inferred that management needs to be satisfied with Jackson's response. ESPN reported that Jackson, 33, met with general manager Howie Roseman Tuesday and had a meeting set with team owner Jeffrey Lurie.

The NFL indicated it would leave the matter in the team's hands.

"DeSean's comments were highly inappropriate, offensive and divisive and stand in stark contrast to the NFL's values of respect, equality and inclusion," the league said in a statement released by a spokesman. "We have been in contact with the team, which is addressing the matter with DeSean."


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