Jenkins: Risky to continue 'non-essential business' of football in pandemic

Malcolm Jenkins attends The 2019 ESPYS presented by Capital One at the Microsoft Theater on July 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Former Eagle and current Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins is concerned with the safety of playing football amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"The risk has to be really eliminated before we — before I — would feel comfortable with going back," Jenkins said.

Jenkins, a CNN contributor, told "New Day" that the NFL is different from the NBA because that league has the ability to play in one location and stay quarantined.

"Where we have over 2,000 players, even more coaches and staff. We can’t do that. And so we’ll end up being kind of on this trust system, the honor system. We just have to hope that guys are social distancing and things like that, and that puts all of us at risk," he said.

JUST NOW: "Football is a nonessential business and so we don't need to do it. So the risk, you know, has to be really eliminated before we -- before I would feel comfortable with going back. "Saints @MalcolmJenkins concerned about a return to playpic.twitter.com/onBcvBo3qa

— John Berman (@JohnBerman) June 25, 2020

Jenkins also mentioned it’s not only the players and people in team facilities who are at risk, but family members as well.

"Until we get to the point where we have protocols in place. Until we get to the place, as a country, where we feel safe doing it, we have to understand that football’s a non-essential business, and so we don’t need to do it," he said.

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— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) June 25, 2020