SJ - July 11, 2020
Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson took some heat for posting a couple of anti-Semitic statements on Instagram this week. He apologized several times after an initial apology only seemed to make things worse.
On Friday the Eagles announced that they had "penalized" Jackson for conduct detrimental to the team. The penalty is reportedly a fine.
The team also said in the statement that Jackson had to back his apology up with action in order to remain on the team
"We have had a number of constructive conversations over the last few days, not only with DeSean Jackson, but also with many other players, members of the organization, and leaders in the community. That has led us to the point where we and he are ready to take the next steps."
"Today we have penalized DeSean for conduct detrimental to the team," the statement read. "He accepted these consequences and apologized. In our many conversations with him, it has also been made clear that this is only the beginning. We have discussed a concrete plan for how we and he can heal moving forward. He understands that in order to remain on the team, he must also commit to supporting his words with actions. We have been encouraged by his desire to educate himself, but we all understand that there is still a lot of work to be done. We will continue to assist DeSean in this process, and we also know that all of us in our organization need to listen and learn more about things that are unfamiliar or uncomfortable to us.
"We must continue to fight against anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination, while not losing sight of the important battle against systemic racism."
I'm not really sure what took the Eagles so long to hand down a punishment, the evidence of what Jackson had posted was all over social media.
Better late than never. He's not the first athlete to post something stupid on social media and he won't be the last.