FOXBORO, Mass. — After raising his fist during the national anthem last week, Malcolm Jenkins stayed in the tunnel for Thursday night's anthem.
Jenkins was joined by De’Vante Bausby and Michael Bennett, who both also stayed inside during the anthem. Jenkins ran out with Bausby just after it ended and Bennett walked out a little later.
Jenkins and Bausby raised their fists last week as a demonstration against racial injustice, police brutality and the need for criminal justice reform in the United States. Jenkins continued his protest that had been halted toward the end of last season.
While the NFL has put fines on hold with its new anthem policy, the policy states players must either stand respectfully or remain inside during the anthem.
Jenkins spoke to NBC Sports Philadelphia earlier this week about being the face of the movement despite the negativity that comes his way (see story).
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On the latest edition of Roob Knows, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro discuss the Carson Wentz story from earlier in the week. What journalistic problems came from that story? How much of it is believable?
The guys discuss which free agents will return next season and answer questions from the audience.
1:00 - Thoughts on the Carson Wentz story.
5:00 - Story was framed improperly.
10:00 - Factual errors took away from potentially relevant parts of the report.
14:00 - Confident that the locker room will be fine.
21:00 - Which free agents will be back next season?
32:00 - Guys answer twitter questions.
46:00 - How amazing is Tony Romo at calling games?
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Malcolm Jenkins and Lane Johnson already responded on Twitter about the PhillyVoice story that characterized Carson Wentz as “selfish” and “egotistical” but now we have some more of their thoughts from the Pro Bowl in Florida.
While Johnson said he saw it as nothing but “drama,” Jenkins got a little further into it and said some interesting stuff.
He was asked if there was some truth to what was reported in the story. Here was his answer:
Well, I didn’t read the whole article. I only started responding when people tried to say I was the one making the quotes, which is crazy. I think any great player is going to be confident. Any great player is going to know what he likes, is going to be demanding. I’m the same way with the D coordinator, where I can go say ‘no, I don’t want to run this.’ So I think him being assertive or anything like that is what you want out of your starting quarterback. He’s a leader.
That’s kind of what I wrote when the story first came out as I tried to put some of the claims and anonymous quotes into context (see story). While a lot of the qualities that story described were framed as negative character attributes, there are plenty of people inside and outside of the NovaCare Complex who think they’re positives.
“I think at any point in time when you don’t understand something, you start to speculate,” Jenkins said. “And I think it’s been hard for people to grasp how we’ve had two starting quarterbacks both contribute to success the last two years and not have any issues. But Carson’s a good teammate. I have nothing bad to say about him. … He’s a great player on the field, a great teammate off.”
Jenkins and Johnson were just a few of the many teammates who took to Twitter on Monday to defend Wentz (see story).
Here’s what Lane said Wednesday:
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