Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins sent a strong message to NFL owners Thursday, calling them “cowards” for their apparent reluctance to sign free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick for fear of public backlash.
“This is just some other teams being, quite honestly, cowards, to say that they’re afraid of backlash to sign someone to make their team better, when fans’ input has never been in the equation when it comes to signing people in the past,” Jenkins told delawareonline.com. “It’s certain owners’ way of making an example out of [Kaepernick] to discourage anybody else from doing what he did.”
Kaepernick, who protested police brutality by sitting and later kneeling during the national anthem last season while playing for the San Francisco 49ers, opted out of his deal and has yet to find a new team. Kaepernick’s protest drew many supporters and detractors. Jenkins was a supporter, so much so, he raised his fist above his head during the national anthem for some of the Eagles’ games.
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Jenkins’ comments come the same week ESPN reported Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh
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