Former Ohio State and current Philadelphia Eagles DB Malcolm Jenkins raised his fist in protest during the national anthem alongside teammates Ron Brooks, Steven Means and Marcus Smith before the Eagles played the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. Each player raised his right fist above his head.
— Billy Penn (@billy_penn) September 20, 2016
The four Eagles players are the latest example of NFL players protesting during the national anthem, following the footsteps of San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick.
“For me, it has nothing to do with this country or the flag or the anthem in itself,” Jenkins said on Sportsradio 94WIP, according to SB Nation’s Jeanna Thomas. “Really, it’s just to continue to push forward the conversation about social injustice, and that’s a range of things from police brutality to wages and job opportunities, education.
“There’s just a lot of things systematically that have been set up in this country since its inception that put minorities, especially African-Americans, at a disadvantage when you talk about quality of life and actually growing in this country.”