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July 27, 2018

Malcolm Jenkins sounds glad he doesn't play for 'bully' Jerry Jones

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Malcolm Jenkins is still processing, and determining what to do next after the NFL's recent National Anthem Policy was announced.

It’s a new season, but Malcolm Jenkins’ locker room media scrums are still can’t-miss viewing and listening.

On the second day of Eagles training camp, Jenkins was asked about plenty of things, including the most recent comments by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who on Wednesday doubled-down on his desire for players to stand for the national anthem:

Jenkins has had no problem expressing his beliefs on the “stand vs. kneel” issue that’s taken the league by storm for the past two seasons, and after practice Friday he addressed Jones’s comments head-on:

In case that video doesn't play, his comments:

"I don’t see [Eagles owner] Jeffrey [Lurie] as a bully, like Jerry Jones is. Lucky for me, I don’t play for the Cowboys, nor would I want to. It’s unfortunate that you have owners like him who use his position to intimidate and intentionally thwart even the idea of his players thinking individually, or having a voice about the issues that affect their communities daily. It’s unfortunate. For them, hopefully, you’ll have guys challenge that, and they’ll have my full support."

One more notable Jenkins comment:

This all follows a statement in May from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, in which Goodell laid out the league's new policy on anthem demonstrations.

From May:

Teams will be fined if they do not "stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem." Players or other team personnel will have the option to remain off the field during the anthem and not be penalized.

Nearly two months ago, Jenkins held up signs in the team’s locker room telling both fans and the media, among other things, that they “aren’t listening” to what he’s saying, and what other football players who have chosen to kneel during the anthem are saying.

One thing’s abundantly clear: even with a Super Bowl ring in tow, Jenkins is still focused on the things that matter.


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