Within hours of the Philadelphia Eagles winning Super Bowl LII — their first in franchise history — there was talk about whether some players might skip on an invitation to the White House.
Safety Malcolm Jenkins said Monday he did not “anticipate” attending any event held at the White House, but he further clarified it was not about sending a specific political message to President Donald Trump:
"I don't have a message for the president. My message has been clear all year. I'm about creating positive change in the communities that I come from, whether that be Philadelphia, New Jersey, Ohio, Louisiana, or this entire country.
I want to see changes in our criminal justice system, I want to see us push for economical and educational advancement in communities of color and low-income communities, and I want to see our relationships between our communities and our law enforcement be advanced."
But Jenkins is set to appear on CNN's “Van Jones Show” on Saturday evening, and the preview shows he has taken things a step further:
Super Bowl champion Malcolm Jenkins says a photo op with President Trump to celebrate the Philadelphia Eagles' victory is “not worth my time” https://t.co/DHeeRjfcPM
— CNN (@CNN) February 10, 2018
Saying he just wasn't very excited about this particular president, Jenkins said that a team victory photo wouldn't be “worth my time” and that he'd rather use that time to confront real issues.
But then, Jones tried to turn the tables on Jenkins, asking whether he would go to an Oval Office meeting if he was invited to talk about how to fix one of the “real issues” close to his heart — criminal justice reform.
Jenkins responded by putting his money where his mouth was: “I think I would definitely consider it. If I wouldn't, then what is it I'm trying to get accomplished?”
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