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Malcom Jenkins: Back-and-forth about DeSean Jackson’s post is a ‘distraction’

Malcom Jenkins: Back-and-forth about DeSean Jackson’s post is a ‘distraction’

Four days after Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson posted anti-Semitic quotes on his Instagram story Monday, former teammate and current Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins responded with a video pushing people to maintain their focus on the Black Lives Matter movement.

“We gotta stay focused,” Jenkins said. “All of this back-and-forth that’s going on right now is a distraction. Comments were made, and they were wrong. Allow those who were impacted by it to voice their grievances. But we gotta stay focused. Because Breonna Taylor’s killers are still not arrested. We’re still fighting for justice, we got a lot of work to do and this ain’t it. Stay focused.”

Jackson’s posts included a falsely attributed quote to Adolf Hitler that claimed Jewish people want to “extort America” as part of their plan to take over the world as well as statements made by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The receiver has since issued an apology claiming he didn’t realize the negative context behind the posts while the Eagles released a statement condemning him.

ESPN reported that Jackson met with "a group against anti-Semitism" on Thursday and had plans to sit down with a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor Friday.

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Jenkins didn’t address Jackson’s comments directly other than to say the comments were “wrong,” a very different reaction than the one he had to teammate Drew Brees’ comments about kneeling during the national anthem. After Brees told Yahoo! Sports in June that he “will never agree” with that form of protest, Jenkins released an emotional video condemning the quarterback by saying, “You are part of the problem.”

As an African-American man himself, Jenkins believes the Black Lives Matter movement deserves to be at the forefront of national attention.

“We can honor the Jewish heritage and trauma while staying focused on what matters,” Jenkins wrote in the caption of his video responding to Jackson. “Jewish people aren’t our problem, and we aren’t their problem. Let’s not lose focus on what the problem truly is, and that’s that black lives still don’t matter in this country.

"Push this energy toward arresting and convicting the killers of Breonna Taylor and burning systemic racism to the ground.”

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'Washington Rexes' name suggestion creates a stir on Twitter

'Washington Rexes' name suggestion creates a stir on Twitter

As the Washington Football Team searches for a permanent new moniker, it's no surprise that some rather unique names have been suggested. Take the Washington UFOs or Washington Wanderers as examples.

The newest member of that group is the Washington Rexes, a name highlighted by the team as part of the fan recommendations initiative it's taking. The name was recommended by a fan named Carl, and the reasoning behind it certainly unique.

"Washington Rexes. I know this seems strange, but hear me out. Washington is home to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, which houses an impressive collection of dinosaur skeletons, including a Tyrannosaurus Rex, one of the largest and most terrifying predators in history," Carl wrote. "Rexes would be an impressive nickname, implying strength, power, and ferocity. The mascot would be amazing. Plus, who doesn't love dinosaurs?" 

As wild as it may seem, Carl does kind of bring up some good points. The dinosaur is a very strong and scary animal, so it checks the intimidation box. The Smithsonian gives it the local connection and naming the stadium "Jurrasic Park" or something of that nature actually works. Wait, is Washington Rexes genuinely a good idea?

Well, for the most part, Twitter did not think so.

If dinosaurs weren't their thing, some suggested picturing it as an homage to former Washington quarterback Rex Grossman. 

Washington Rexes probably won't be the eventual name of the team. But, Carl deserves an A+ for creativity. 

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Washington punter Tress Way says he owes Ron Rivera a thank you for removing ping pong table

Washington punter Tress Way says he owes Ron Rivera a thank you for removing ping pong table

In an offseason of change in Washington, one small move that did have an impact on the locker room was Ron Rivera's removal of the wildly-popular ping pong table.

The new head coach's decision to eliminate table tennis was just another example of his desire to establish a new, more serious culture within the organization. Though it turned some fans' heads, it was something that avid players like long snapper Nick Sundberg respected.

Punter Tress Way, another dedicated ping pong player, was also understanding of the decision by Rivera. In fact, while he'll miss working on his craft with the paddle, he says he actually needs to thank Ron Rivera.

"I think I even need to do a hand-written letter or just a person-to-person conversation," Way said during a Washington Football Team virtual happy hour. "I owe him a thank you.”

Why exactly is Way so thankful? Well, it turns out that prior to the removal of the table, he was in jeopardy of losing his title as the best ping pong player on the roster.

After dominating other players day in and day out, Way has turned his passion into a skill that put him at the top of the locker room rankings.

“As a specialist, I punt and work out, play some ping pong after practice with the guys," Way said. "When the table was removed I was number one in the locker room.”

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But, toward the end, Way became nervous that others were coming for his crown. Tired of losing to him, the punter explained that some talented individuals were preparing to take him down when they returned for the 2020 season.

"Some of the best athletes I’ve ever seen in my life decided at the end of last year that they were going to start playing some ping pong," Way said.

Then, Rivera swooped in and allowed Way to retire on top.

“I think coach may have bailed me out," Way said. "I think because he removed it I get to walk out number one and so I think I owe him a sincere thank you.”

Not having ping pong will surely be an adjustment for Way. As a punter, getting in some reps on the table was part of his daily routine, and he was clearly very good at it. He still has one at his home, and is willing to have challengers come take him on in a socially distant manner.

But, when it comes to the locker room in Ashburn, Va., he gets to be remembered as one of the best to pick up the paddle. That makes the loss a little less tough.

“I’m immortalized as the number one ping pong player in Washington," Way said. "So I don’t mind it.”

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