Late on Friday evening, the Philadelphia Eagles released a statement on their plan to discipline veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson for his series of anti-Semetic social media posts earlier this week. The Eagles will "penalize" Jackson, who apologized and will likely remain on the roster if he continues to "support his words with actions."
This comes after a day in which Jackson took several steps towards educating himself. Earlier this week New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman, who is Jewish, posted a long video message to Jackson, and as a result, the two had a long conversation on Thursday night and are planning on using their experiences "to educate one another and grow together."
Later on Friday, Adam Scheftner reported that Jackson had met with a group against anti-Semitism and a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor.
There was speculation that the Eagles might cut DeSean after former NBA player Stephen Jackson, who was outspoken on DeSean's behalf throughout the process, claimed the Eagles threatened to fire Jackson. DeSean apologized on Tuesday for posting controversial quotes on his Instagram page over the July 4th weekend, which were attriubuted to Adolf Hitler.
"I post a lot of things that are sent to me," Jackson wrote in the caption of a video he released on Instagram. "I do not have hatred towards anyone. I really didn’t realize what this passage was saying. Hitler has caused terrible pain to Jewish people like the pain African-Americans have suffered. We should be together fighting anti-Semitism and racism. This was a mistake to post this and I truly apologize for posting it and sorry for any hurt I have caused."
The 33-year-old veteran wide receiver is under contract through 2021 with base salaries of $6.2 million and $8.2 the next two seasons, respectively. Earlier in the week, Adam Scheftner suggested the Eagles could figure out a way out of guaranteed salary if they wanted to release Jackson for the incident. Jackson played in just three games last season due to an injury and underwent core muscle surgery.