Malcolm Jenkins, other NFL players address President Donald Trump

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Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and several other of his NFL colleagues recently addressed a letter to President Donald Trump in response to an offer and some comments he made a few days prior.

Just in case you missed it, several members of the NFL‘s Players Coalition and our nation’s president, Donald Trump, began what may lead to some healthy conversation (at least we hope so). Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins joined Doug Baldwin, Anquan Boldin and Benjamin Watson to pen a piece published by the New York Times in reference to an offer that was made by the Commander In Chief.

Shortly before that happened, a report was written by USA TODAY’s Tom Schad. It contained Trump’s theory that protesting NFL players don’t have any ‘real issue’. He also stated that he hadn’t heard anything from them following his invitation for them to submit recommendations to him for presidential pardons.

Here’s some of a recent interview:

A response comes quickly.

It didn’t take long for the aforementioned NFL Players to respond. Their letter was attached to a recent post from Jenkins’ Twitter account. Take a look:

Here’s more from their answer:

But a handful of pardons will not address the sort of systemic injustice that N.F.L. players have been protesting. These are problems that our government has created, many of which occur at the local level. If President Trump thinks he can end these injustices if we deliver him a few names, he hasn’t been listening to us.

They continued with more on that thought:

As Americans, it is our constitutional right to question injustices when they occur, and we see them daily: police brutality, unnecessary incarceration, excessive criminal sentencing, residential segregation and educational inequality. The United States effectively uses prison to treat addiction, and you could argue it is also our largest mental-health provider. Law enforcement has a responsibility to serve its communities, yet this responsibility has too often not met basic standards of accountability.

To read their letter in its’ entirety, you can click this link.

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Say what you will. Regardless of what side you’re on in this discussion, it appears conversation is beginning to take shape between the two sides. That’s better than arguing or ignoring one another. We can only hope both sides continue to listen and solutions come sooner than later.

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