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Philadelphia Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins: I ‘Do Not Anticipate Attending’ White House Celebration

A prominent member of the newly crowned Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles says he plans to skip a potential White House ceremony honoring the team.

Appearing on New Day mere hours after his team’s stunning victory over the New England Patriots, star Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins told anchor John Berman that he’s a likely White House no-show.

“I personally do not anticipate attending that,” Jenkins said.

In addition to being one of the better players on an elite Eagles defense (albeit one which played a subpar game on Sunday night), Jenkins has gained notoriety as a leader among NFL players in the push for social justice reform. After engaging in demonstrations during the National Anthem for much of the NFL season, Jenkins ceased his protests late in the year after the league announced donations of nearly $100 million to support social justice causes.

Berman asked Jenkins what message he’d like to send to President Donald Trump.

“I don’t have a message for the president,” Jenkins said. “My message has been clear all year. I’m about creating positive change in the communities that I come from. Whether it 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. That’s what myself and my peers have been pushing for the last two years. And that’s what I will continue to do.”

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