Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins raised a fist during the playing of the national anthem prior to Thursday night's preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, resuming his protest against social injustice.
Jenkins told the Philadelphia Inquirer earlier this week that they weren’t sure what they were going to do during the anthem. During last season, Jenkins stopped his anthem demonstration (raising a fist) after the NFL pledged $100 million to causes aimed at combatting social injustice. He clearly thought they were on the right track until the new policy.
Then came the NFL’s anthem policy, which was created, then put on hold. The NFL had announced a new policy for the national anthem that required players to stand if they were on the field, but the changes were placed on hold while the NFLPA negotiates a resolution that would be beneficial to the players as well.
In the initial explanation, commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement that players should "stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem." Players were also given an option to remain in the locker room.
This is the first time the Eagles have had a game since the new national anthem policy was created and then halted. Last month, the policy was put on hold thanks to an NFL agreement with the NFLPA.Malcolm Jenkins Jersey .
Asked what he'd like to see in order to get back to a better place with the league, Jenkins said he wants the anthem policy eliminated altogether.
"I understand that it's a business and you want to protect your bottom line and all of that, but at the end of the day, I think the smartest thing right now is to not have a rule and provide a better option.I think part of the problem is that when you continue the rhetoric that this is controversial or this is somehow a negative thing, people treat it as such," he said. "But we've seen in other leagues when they've decided to amplify the voices of their players to also emphasize the importance of the issues that we're raising, and change the narrative away from the anthem, that not only is it more acceptable, the fan base gets educated on what we're talking about, and we can actually make some movement."