Over the last few days, Philadelphia Eagles’ wide-ranging recipient DeSean Jackson shared fake Adolf Hitler quotes over his Instagram account, which attracted immediate backlash, and this caused him to apologize publicly while stating that he had no hate against the Jewish community.
In the first post on July 4, which raised eyebrows for its anti-Semitic language, Hitler’s fake quotation said World War III would deter White Jews from oppressing the Black community in America. A false quote was published. Jackson posted the fabricated quote on Monday in his Instagram account, describing something in retrospect.
The quote is derived from an unprocessed article published in an infamous website. It seems to loosely combine a whole ecosystem of conspiracy theories, which are unlikely to be far-fetched and completely unverifiable, according to Snopes.
DeSean Jackson Issued an Apology
The 33-year-old, after receiving backlash, apologized for the posts he made over the weekend.
Jackson posted a passage on his Instagram story that claimed that Hitler quoted that Black people are “the real Children of Israel,” and that White Americans were afraid to know that they were “mistreating and discriminating and lynching” them.
“I want to apologize to the Jewish community, Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, Doug Pederson, the Eagles organization and our fans for the insensitive and ill-informed posts that I shared on my social media,” Jackson wrote in his follow-up statement. “My intention was to uplift, unite, and encourage our culture with positivity and light. Unfortunately, that did not happen. I unintentionally hurt the Jewish community in the process, and for that I am sorry! Now more than ever, we must work together to end discrimination of all types and against all people and communities.
“This apology is more than just words — it is a promise to do better. I will fully educate myself and work with local and national organizations to be more informed and make a difference in our community. I will consider my words and actions going forward. I will seek out voices from other communities and listen to their words, thoughts, and beliefs. In a time of division, I am committed to doing my part in making this world a better place for our children.”
According to Snopes.com, those who argue Hitler was not racist are frequently quoted in the article.
Jackson later wrote that his initial article had been misinterpreted, according to screenshots taken by different news outlets. However, in a separate article, he posted a brief paragraph describing a Jewish scheme to “extort America” and achieve “world domination.”
NBC Sports and other media outlets have reported that it shared a clip from a talk given by a leader of the Islamic Nation, Louis Farrakhan. During the address, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Bill Gates accused him of needing a coronavirus vaccine to ‘depopulate the earth.’
NFL and The Eagles React
On Tuesday, the Eagles responded by calling Jackson’s posts offensive, dangerous, and utterly appalling and said that the team would take the “appropriate action.”
Late Tuesday afternoon Jackson had spoken to Lurie. According to ESPN, Lurie was extremely disappointed in his player. His camp contacted the Chabad Young Philly Rabbi to discuss ways of giving to Jackson as well as working together with it, expressing the wish for Jackson to train himself and work directly with the Jewish community.
The controversy arose out of Jackson’s Instagram post, in which he quoted Hitler as saying that white Jews ‘will blackmail America,’ and their world domination scheme will not succeed unless the Negroes know who they are.
Besides, on Saturdays and Monday, he shared two posts on Instagram, expressing his admiration for Farrakhan, identified as anti-Semitic by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center. The posts were deleted from that date.
The Eagles talked about his social media posts with DeSean Jackson. According to the statement they released, whatever he was thinking, his communications were provocative, dangerous, and completely disgraceful. They have no place in our communities, and the organization is not accepted or sponsored in any way.
The team expressed disappointment and reaffirmed that DeSean not only apologizes but also uses his platform to promote unity, equality, and respect. According to them, they continue to analyze the situation and take the right steps. The Eagles said in their release that they take these issues very seriously and commit themselves to be kept productive and meaningful discussions with DeSean.
Tuesday’s NFL released a statement calling Jackson ‘s remarks “highly inappropriate, offensive and divisive,” stating that it “stands in stark contrast to the NFL’s values of respect, equality, and inclusion.