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June 05, 2020

Eagles' DeSean Jackson says 94WIP's Angelo Cataldi has 'no respect & no clue' for tweet about vocal athletes

Sports radio host asked athletes to stop posting statements about George Floyd, racial injustice

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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver reacted sharply to SportsRadio 94WIP host Angelo Cataldi after he tweeted a request for athletes to stop posting statements about civil unrest in the United States.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson took strong exception to a tweet this week from SportsRadio 94WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi, who asked athletes to turn their attention away from civil unrest and back onto sports.

Cataldi tweeted Wednesday that he'd like to see the conversation in the sports world return to sports, which are not being played currently because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jackson, who has taken on a leadership role during his second stint in Philadelphia, called the veteran WIP host out of touch with the reality of the social and political climate that has driven athletes to use their platform over the past week.

During a virtual team meeting this week, Jackson spoke in depth about how police brutality and racial oppression have shaped his life and impacted black communities. In an extensive interview with John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia, Jackson said he's become more concerned in recent years, particularly as a father.

"It’s a different fear I have now. The fear I had in the past was I have a chance of probably going to jail, I have a chance of (police) searching my car and planting some drugs or planting a gun," Jackson said. "But now what I’m seeing is police killing. In the past five years or however many years it’s been, man, it’s hundreds and hundreds of killings. Senseless killings. I’m worried for my kids more than when I was growing up."

Jackson also praised his teammates — including Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz and Jason Kelce — for "stepping up to the plate and saying fair is fair and right is right and wrong is wrong."

Cataldi has not tweeted again since Wednesday's remarks. 

Athletes have lives outside of sports. They, like everyone else, are living through the profound national impact of George Floyd's brutal death in the custody of Minneapolis police.

Everyone misses sports, including the players, every bit as much as Angelo, but if you have to qualify a request like his with the word "politely," it's a good sign you're missing the mark even more than the sports.