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Philadelphia Eagles Player Shares Antisemitic Conspiracy Theories

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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.”

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Boston Celtics Player Legally Changing Name to ‘Enes Kanter Freedom’ to Celebrate U.S. Citizenship

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Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter is celebrating becoming a U.S. citizen in an incredible way. The 29-year-old athlete from Turkey is having his citizenship oath ceremony Monday, and will legally change his name to Enes Kanter Freedom.

Kanter is an outspoken human rights advocate who had his Turkish passport revoked in 2017 after he criticized Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mediaite reports “he has also criticized NBA stars Michael Jordan and LeBron James for not doing enough to help the Black community and not speaking out against exploitative labor practices in China respectively.”

Celtics head coach Ime Udoka told the Boston Globe the team is “all for” the player’s name change. Kanter’s manager says the player will complete his legal name change to have Kanter become his middle name and Freedom be his new last name at Monday’s ceremony.

“We congratulated him as a group for getting his American citizenship last week,” Udoka said. “That’s who Enes is, we’re proud of him. Enes is who he is. He’s passionate about his stances and the name change; you look at [Ron] Artest [who changed his name to Metta Sandiford-Artest in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak] and guys that have done it in the past. It’s something he wants to express and we’re all for it.”

Kanter has already changed his official Twitter account to Enes Kanter FREEDOM with his new last name in all caps. Freedom made waves when he tweeted the following on November 18: Money over Morals for the ‘King’. Sad & disgusting how these athletes pretend they care about social justice. They really do ‘shut up & dribble’ when Big Boss [inserted Chinese flag] says so. Did you educate yourself about the slave labor that made your shoes or is that not part of your research?”

The tweet included photos of basketball shoes he wore painted with human rights depictions and phrases such as “hey still researching and getting educated?” as well as “I am informed and educated on the situation.”

The statement is with regard to his criticism of LeBron James’ partnership with Nike. “Nike remains one of the NBA’s biggest sponsors as both organizations feed off their partnerships with China” reports Mediaite. Kanter Freedom also made an offer to take Michael Jordan and Nike co-founder Phil Knight to China in order for the men to “visit these slave labor camps and you can see it with your own eyes.”

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