Former Ohio State defensive back Malcolm Jenkins confirmed this week that he will not be joining the Philadelphia Eagles on their trip to the White House next month. The Super Bowl champion Eagles are have been invited for a visit on June 5.
Jenkins is one of the NFL’s biggest activists and has spoken out against police brutality among other issues. He previously said he did not have an interest in visiting President Trump’s White House and confirmed he was skipping the trip after the date for the visit was set. Jenkins did say that he would be in Washington D.C. that day for other activities with teammates.
Malcolm Jenkins confirms he’ll skip Eagles’ White House visit
Just spoke with Malcolm Jenkins at an event in Camden.
He says he does not plan on going to the White House with th #Eagles on June 5th, but will be in D.C. then with other teammates.
— Kristen Rodgers (@KristenERodgers) May 17, 2018
Chris Long and Torrey Smith, both Jenkins’ teammates on the Super Bowl winning team, have also previously said they would not attend a ceremony at the White House. Here’s what Jenkins told CNN a potential White House trip was “not worth my time” shortly after the Super Bowl:
“When it comes to this presidency, I’m not very excited about getting my picture taken with him,” Jenkins said. “This is a celebratory event where we come, the President comes in, shakes a couple hands, takes a picture and leaves. And I’m just not interested in that.
“It’s just not worth my time. I’d rather spend my time working with whoever on these issues that we’ve been fighting for. That’s just my personal decision.”