Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins told a Philadelphia radio station on Friday that the team will continue the national conversation around the national anthem by making a symbolic gesture when it plays the Chicago Bears on Monday.
"For me, it has nothing to do with this country, or the flag or the anthem itself -- really, it's just to continue to push forward the conversation about social injustice . . . that's a range of things from police brutality to wages and job opportunities, education. It's just a lot of things systematically that have been set up in this country, since its inception, that really put minorities, especially African Americans, at a disadvantage, when you talk about quality of life, and actually growing in this country," Jenkins said.
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"I'm going to keep that conversation going to as many people as we can, while also doing my part in bringing forth change. This has been a hot topic. The more players that join in, the further this conversation goes. After the initial shock of what (Colin) Kaepernick did, and once everybody started to listen to what his message was, it's become a really good conversation that's gone along nationwide."
The discussion began in the preseason when San Franciscco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick opted not to stand for the anthem. Others have followed suit in attempting to continue the national discussion.
In the preseason, an Eagles free agent, Myke Tavarres, planned to join Kaepernick in not standing for the anthem. Jenkins was in support of Tavarres, who did not do it after his agent advised him against it. Tavarres is no longer with the Eagles.
Jenkins said the Eagles did not take any action Sunday in their opener because it was on the 15th anniversary of 9/11. He also said he has spoken to coach Doug Pederson. "We're on the same page," Jenkins said, according to Philly.com.
The actual form of the statement has not been decided yet, Jenkins said.