Eagles’ Jenkins on National Anthem protest: ‘It’s easy to do it’
CHICAGO — On a day when law enforcement brought down a suspected terrorist who allegedly planted explosive devices in Seaside Park and New York, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and two teammates raised their right fists during the National Anthem in a protest prior to their game against the Chicago Bears.
Cornerback Ron Brooks and defensive end Steven Means joined him on the sideline at Soldier Field in the Eagles 29-14 win over the Bears.
“It’s a lonely feeling. But I wouldn’t change anything. It’s definitely, you feel like you’re out there on the edge. You understand the consequences that will come, but at the end of the day, if your heart's in the right place, it’s easy to do it," Jenkins told CSN Philly after the game.
Jenkins earlier said his concern was not specifically about police and said they are "a key part of the solution in this issue."
He told the cable channel that said he decided against kneeling because he wanted the message to be clear that it was not about disrespecting the flag.
"The issue is about the treatment of African Americans and minorities in this country, when you talk about social injustice," he said.
He also told the cable channel that some teammates don't care about the issue. Jenkins said he will protest weekly.
Woodrow Wilson High School coach Preston Brown, whose team took a knee for the second week in a row during the national anthem on Saturday, told New Jersey 101.5 "I raise my arm right with him."
A Pro Bowl safety last season, Jenkins said the team didn't protest before the season opener last week out of respect because it was 9/11. He said he's spoken to 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.