DeSean Jackson is planning to take the extra step to educate himself on Jewish history.
The Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver accepted an invitation from 94-year-old Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg to visit the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland following a social media post last week in which Jackson shared anti-Semitic messages and a quote attributed to Adolf Hitler.
Jackson, 33 apologized for his social media posts and vowed to work with local and national organizations to become more informed. He was fined by the Eagles and told that “in order to remain with the team, he must also commit to supporting his words with actions.”
According to The Jerusalem Post, Jackson spoke with Mosberg and accepted the invitation on a Zoom call, which was organized by From the Depths – an organization dedicated to “preserving the memory of the Holocaust and to give a name to those who were brutally murdered in the dark days of the Holocaust,” per its website.
Mosberg, who attended the call dressed in the uniform he wore at the Masthaun concentration camp, serves as an honorary chairman of the organization.
Jackson explained that growing up in Los Angeles, he did not know much about the Jewish community and their history.
“This has been such a powerful experience for me to learn and educate myself,” he said, per The Post. “I want to take the proper steps to let people know that I never intentionally had any hatred in my heart, I never wanted to put the Jewish community down, I want to educate myself more and help bridge the gaps between all different cultures.”
From the Depths founder Jonny Daniels said that the organization is already working with Jackson and his representatives for when the trip will take place.
Travel from the U.S. to Europe is currently restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Jackson also accepted an invitation from New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman for a joint visit to Washington, D.C. to the U.S. Holocaust Museum and National Museum of African-American History and Culture.