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Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson apologizes for anti-Semitic post

Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson apologizes for anti-Semitic post

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has apologized after backlash for sharing anti-Semitic posts on social media over the weekend.

"My post was definitely not intended for anybody of any race to feel any type of way, especially the Jewish community," Jackson said in a video he posted on Instagram on Tuesday. "I post things on my story all the time, and just probably never should have posted anything Hitler did, because Hitler was a bad person, and I know that."

The team issued the following statement: "We have spoken with DeSean Jackson about his social media posts. Regardless of his intentions, the messages he shared were offensive, harmful, and absolutely appalling. They have no place in our society, and are not condoned or supported in any way by the organization. We are disappointed and we reiterated to DeSean the importance of not only apologizing but also using his platform to take action to promote unity, equality, and respect. We are continuing to evaluate the circumstances and are committed to continuing to have productive and meaningful conversations with DeSean, as well as all of our players and staff, in order to educate, learn, and grow."

The NFL also issued a statement, saying: "DeSean's comments were highly inappropriate, offensive and divisive and stand in stark contrast to the NFL's values of respect, equality and inclusion. We have been in contact with the team which is addressing the matter with DeSean."

Jackson, a three-time Pro Bowl pick, is in his second stint in Philadelphia, returning last season to the team that drafted him in the second round of the 2008 draft.

Former Eagles president Joe Banner criticized Jackson on Twitter. Banner wrote: "If a white player said anything about (African-Americans) as outrageous as what Desean Jackson said about Jews tonight there would at least be a serious conversation about cutting him and a need for a team meeting to discuss. Which would be totally appropriate. Absolutely indefensible."

Banner, who also worked for Cleveland and Atlanta, later shared an anti-Palestinian tweet with the hashtag "Palestinianprivilege getting away with murder."

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Report: NFL sets Thursday as last day for players to opt out of 2020 season

Report: NFL sets Thursday as last day for players to opt out of 2020 season

The NFL has officially decided on an opt-out date for the 2020 season.

All players across the league will have to make their final decision on whether to play or not in 2020 by 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Thus far, over 40 players have opted out of the 2020 season. While the NFL has yet to see any major stars decide to forego football this fall, notable names such as C.J. Mosley, Damien Williams and Michael Pierce have all decided not to play.

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On Monday, the Washington Football Team announced that linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons is opting out, becoming the team's second player to do so. Defensive lineman Caleb Brantley, who was deemed high-risk to play in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, announced he would skip the 2020 season last week.

In Baltimore, the Ravens have seen two players opt out so far: De'Anthony Thomas and Andre Smith.

The NFL is not the only league to see its players decide to skip the season due to the virus. Several NBA players chose not to travel to Orlando for the season's resumption, while the MLB is still seeing players opt-out two weeks into its season.

With the NFL's opt-out deadline less than four days away, it's likely more will join the nearly 40 different players that have decided to pass on the season.

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Washington Football Team DC Jack Del Rio explains why he's so active on Twitter

Washington Football Team DC Jack Del Rio explains why he's so active on Twitter

In his first several months as the Washington Football Team's defensive coordinator, Jack Del Rio has found himself in multiple headlines.

However, these headlines have had little to do with actual football. Rather, Del Rio has sparked controversy for sharing some of his personal opinions on Twitter.

In an exclusive interview with The Athletic's Ben Standig, Del Rio said why he's so active on the social media platform.

"I am open to discuss at any time with anyone my thoughts and respectfully have exchanges," Del Rio told Standig. "It’s just not always possible in today’s environment. I think it’s important to be able to have your own opinion and respect for each other."

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Del Rio stressed that he's fine with others having different opinions than him and is open to having conversations with anyone who has views on things that aren't similar to his.

"People may have an opinion that is different than mine, which is okay," Del Rio said. "I’m okay with actually having a conversation about it with anyone, including my players."

In June, Del Rio sparked controversy on the platform after showing support for President Donald Trump just days after Trump said he was likely to boycott football if players kneel for the national anthem.

On that same day, the defensive coordinator also shared his opinion on whether football should be played this fall in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

In the interview with Standig, Del Rio said he has "personal views that would probably not sit well with my professional occupation right now" when asked about players choosing to opt-out of the 2020 season.

Thus far, only two Washington players have decided to skip the 2020 season due to the pandemic, defensive lineman Caleb Brantley and linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons.

However, the defensive coordinator has not only used Twitter to share his political viewpoints and opinions. Earlier this offseason, Del Rio expressed his desire for Washington to bring back white-on-white uniforms, something many fans of the team have been asking about for years.

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