Sep 17, 2020
Eagles Standout DT Challenges NFL on Diversity: Im Just An Employee
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Getty Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins raises a fist during the national anthem earlier this season.
Malik Jackson wants to see “positive change” in the NFL. That starts at the highest level, in the front office.
The Eagles standout defensive tackle was in a talkative mood on Wednesday and he wasn’t talking Xs and Os.Jackson knows the challenge the Rams present this week, but coming off a solid performance in Week 1 — two quarterback hits on 55 defensive snaps — he flipped the script. It wasn’t the first time.
He appeared on a Zoom call wearing a red Donald Trump hat reconfigured to read “Make America Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” and pleaded for NFL owners to hire more minority candidates.
“As a black person, I would like to see more guys hired that looked like me,” Jackson told reporters. “I think we have a league that 70-percent of the people who play look like me, that it would be nice for the upstairs to look like that. I just think something should be done.”
Malik Jackson says the Eagles wanted to collaborate with Washington to have everyone on the field take a knee before the opening kickoff, as they've done in the Premier League. Washington declined.
Closes with plea to stop making tax payers pay for police violence settlements. pic.twitter.com/FjpQMgXNC0
— Bo Wulf (@Bo_Wulf) September 16, 2020
Jackson’s remarks were powerful as he praised Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie for taking tangible action. He and head coach Doug Pederson were instrumental in setting up Philly’s Social Justice Committee, a forum where everyone can openly discuss “uncomfortable” issues on race and inequality. While the NFL has the “Rooney Rule” in place to encourage the hiring of minority coaches, there is no such mandate to help diversify front offices around the league.
“As an employee, it’s hard for me to tell an owner what to do,” Jackson before pausing and adding: “It might start with the hiring of African American employees higher up, but as I’ve said, I’m just an employee.”
Malik Jackson said NFL efforts to combat social justice have been admirable but wants to see owners do more, would like to see more people of color in front offices. Asked what Jeffery Lurie has said about not having any in #Eagles FO, Jackson laughed and said, "I'm going to go."
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) September 16, 2020
When told the Eagles don’t have any black executives in their front office, Jackson laughed and replied: “I’m going to go.” (To be fair, Philly did employ Andrew Berry last year but he left to take over as GM in Cleveland).
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Jackson revealed a telling nugget from a conversation between Eagles players and members of the Washington Football Team about how they might express themselves during the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
The Eagles wanted Washington to take a knee for kickoff and then decline the penalty, but they wouldn’t agree to do it. It was the same gesture that Premier League soccer players did in June.
“Unfortunately, we could not get the Washington Football Team on-board,” Jackson said. “We wanted to do what they did in the Premier League where they take a knee.”
The #Falcons and #Seahawks did take a knee together for the opening kickoff. Malik Jackson also said he prefers this gesture over kneeling for the anthem. https://t.co/m6E0mAxKl4
— Rob Maaddi (@RobMaaddi) September 16, 2020
The Seahawks and Falcons got on the same page and replicated it in Week 1. Washington wasn’t interested. Maybe it was a Dan Snyder thing. Instead, the two teams locked their arms in the middle of the field before exiting prior to kickoff.
But Jackson didn’t think holding arms did enough to say how the players felt and looks forward to a more meaningful demonstration in the coming weeks. Spoiler alert, he doesn’t want to do it during the national anthem.
Jackson added: “I just really hope that we could do something that people could truly say how they feel, not during the anthem because I personally feel we should stand for that, but another time.”
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Little Caesars cashiers roast robber who struggles to open the cash register
Late Thursday evening, a video was uploaded to Reddit’s PublicFreakout forum, showcasing a recent robbery at a Little Caesars. Employees recorded the burglar while he struggled to open a cash register. In the background, one staff member can be heard calling the police while the other staff member jokingly critiques the robber for his ineffective method.Hide
The nearly one and a half minute clip is both suspenseful and hilarious. “That’s all you got, bro? $60, bro…,” an employee asks the robber who is still struggling to reach all of the money in the machine. After nearly a minute of trying to pull the register’s drawer completely open, the robber gives up. “That’s all you’re gonna take?” the employee asks as the man exits the building.Hide Cashiers at Little Caesar’s critiquing a robber from PublicFreakout
Barely disguised and only wearing a hat and sunglasses to cover his face, the robber seems to be a novice in the world of theft. Just as he walks toward the door to leave, an employee informs other staff members not to touch any of the equipment that has been handled by the robber, causing the robber to turn around and re-enter the store. When some might assume he is returning with a weapon, the robber lifts the edge of his shirt to wipe down the register. “No fingerprints, huh?” the employee asks him.Hide
A confused customer then enters the building, watching as the robber attempts to clean his fingerprints from the device. Then the robber manages to pull out more cash from the register, completely defeating the act of cleaning it off. “You might as well take the whole register,” the employee suggests to him.
The bystander, who seems unsure of how to react, turns to follow the robber outdoors when employees advise him to leave the situation alone and that the store is closing for the time being. “The store is shut down,” an employee laughs, right before the clip shuts off.
An update on the incident has not been announced, but we can expect the thief won’t attempt robbing a store in broad daylight again without adequate preparation and assume that no one was harmed.Hide Today’s top stories
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