July 10 (UPI) — The Philadelphia Eagles penalized standout extensive receiver DeSean Jackson for “conduct detrimental to the staff,” the group introduced Friday.
The Eagles did not disclose Jackson’s precise punishment however mentioned the wideout will not be faraway from the staff for sharing anti-Semitic messages on social media this week. League sources informed ESPN and NFL Media that Jackson has been fined an undisclosed quantity for the incident.
Along with the high-quality, Jackson plans to donate a big quantity to Jewish group efforts, in response to ESPN.
“We have now had quite a lot of constructive conversations over the previous couple of days, not solely with DeSean Jackson, but additionally with many different gamers, members of the group, and leaders in the neighborhood,” the Eagles mentioned in an announcement. “That has led us to the purpose the place we and he are able to take the following steps.
“Immediately we now have penalized DeSean for conduct detrimental to the staff. He accepted these penalties and apologized. In our many conversations with him, it has additionally been made clear that that is solely the start. We have now mentioned a concrete plan for how we and he can heal shifting ahead.
“He understands that so as to stay on the staff, he should additionally decide to supporting his phrases with actions. We have now been inspired by his need to teach himself, however all of us perceive that there’s nonetheless a variety of work to be performed.
“We are going to proceed to help DeSean on this course of, and we additionally know that each one of us in our group have to pay attention and be taught extra about issues which might be unfamiliar or uncomfortable to us.
“We should proceed to combat in opposition to anti-Semitism and all types of discrimination, whereas not dropping sight of the vital battle in opposition to systemic racism.”
On Monday, Jackson posted a picture of a quote falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler. He posted further messages supporting Nation of Islam chief Louis Farrakhan, who has been recognized as anti-Semitic and homophobic by the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Legislation Middle.
Jackson apologized for his social media posts Tuesday. The Eagles known as Jackson’s messages “offensive, dangerous and completely appalling” and promised to take “acceptable motion” in opposition to him.
Jackson met with Eagles proprietor Jeffrey Lurie and basic supervisor Howie Roseman — each of whom are Jewish — on Tuesday. The receiver has since dedicated to educating himself on the subject and accepted an invite to tour the Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza in Philadelphia.
New England Patriots extensive receiver Julian Edelman, who’s Jewish, additionally reached out to Jackson after the incident and invited him to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. On Friday, Edelman mentioned he and Jackson spoke.
The Eagles signed Jackson to a three-year contract in March 2019. It’s his second stint with the franchise after spending the earlier 5 seasons with the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.