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DeSean Jackson penalized by Eagles for anti-Semitic Instagram post, will remain with team

Marc Narducci, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Football

PHILADELPHIA -- The Eagles have penalized receiver DeSean Jackson for "conduct detrimental to the team" in the wake of his inflammatory anti-Semitic Instagram post last weekend.

The announcement was made by the Eagles Friday on social media. The penalty wasn't disclosed, but league sources confirmed it was a fine. Contacted by The Inquirer, the Eagles declined comment.

In the post, Jackson praised Louis Farrakhan and shared a passage that included a fake Adolf Hitler quote. Jackson has faced harsh criticism from fans and the Jewish community at large since then. He apologized multiple times, said he promised to be better, and would educate himself, but maintained that the message he was trying to get across was misunderstood.

That hasn't stopped the criticism toward the 33-year-old receiver.

This is the Eagles' statement:

"This has been a difficult and emotional week for our community and organization.

 

"The Philadelphia Eagles do not tolerate hate towards any individual or group. We believe in respect and equality for all races, ethnicities, and faiths. We as an organization want to help be an instrument for positive change. This can only occur through strong, deliberate actions and a commitment to learn and grow.

"We have had a number of constructive conversations over the last few days, not only with DeSean Jackson, but also with many other players, members of the organization, and leaders in the community. That has led us to the point where we and he are ready to take the next steps.

"Today we have penalized DeSean for conduct detrimental to the team. He accepted these consequences and apologized. In our many conversations with him, it has also been made clear that this is only the beginning. We have discussed a concrete plan for how we and he can heal moving forward. 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. We will continue to assist DeSean in this process, and we also know that 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 any anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination, while not losing sight of the important battle against systematic racism."

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