Philadelphia Eagles Player Shares Antisemitic Conspiracy Theories
The Philadelphia Eagles NFL team is condemning the social media posts of their player DeSean Jackson, who, on Monday, shared antisemitic conspiracy theories on his Instagram. In a statement obtained by this reporter and posted to Twitter, the team deemed the posts “offensive, harmful, and absolutely appalling,” and said they are “committed to continuing to have productive and meaningful conversations with DeSean.”
The statement, however, outraged many for not even mentioning the word antisemitism. StopAntisemitism.org, a popular watchdog group exposing Jew hatred, wrote on Twitter of the Team’s statement, “Desean Jackson QUOTED HITLER to his 1.4 MILLION #instagram followers. He is promoting a genocidal MANIAC who murdered 6 million Jews. He THEN reiterated ANOTHER quote that Jews are taking over the world. HE DESERVES TO BE FIRED!”
The team’s Owner Jeffrey Lurie and it’s General Manager Howie Roseman are both Jewish. Roseman didn’t respond to this reporter’s request for comment on the situation and the story will be update if and when one is received.
The Eagles’ Public Relations Director Brett Strohsacker also didn’t respond to a follow-up to the team’s statement immediately. This reporter asked the following questions to Strohsacker and will update the story if and when a response is provided:
“Does the team recognize these posts as anti-Semitic? I know some of your team’s leadership are Jewish, as am I. Are you at all considering firing Jackson for espousing such hate?”
Jackson’s post, along with several other posts, remained on his social media page. That includes his posts lauding notorious antisemite Louis Farrakhan.
The hateful excerpt posted Monday, attributed to genocidist Adolf Hitler, said, “because the White Jews knows that the Negroes are the Real Children of Israel and to keep Americas secret the Jews will blackmail America.”
“They will extort America, their plan for wold domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were,” it continued, “The white citizens of America will be terrified to know that all this time they’ve been mistreating and discriminating and lynching the Children of Israel.”
Jackson later clarified that many wrongly interpreted his posts as messages of hate towards the Jewish community. He then pointed to the one portion of the quote that referred to white Jews’ “plan for world domination”, saying it “won’t work if the Negroes know who they were.”
He also issued an apology video recognizing that Hitler was bad and saying he “didn’t mean it to the extent you guys took it” and just wanted to “uplift African Americans.”