DeSean Jackson posts antisemitic fake Hitler quotes, apologizes to Jewish community

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson. 
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Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson posted several fake Adolf Hitler quotes to his Instagram story over the past few days, drawing immediate backlash and prompting Jackson to publicly apologize while clarifying he had no hatred toward the Jewish community. 

In the initial post from the July 4 weekend that raised eyebrows for its antisemitic tone, a fake quote from Hitler said World War III would be started to stop White Jewish people in America from oppressing the Black community. Jackson reposted the fabricated quote on his Instagram story Monday with his clarification to some of the backlash. According to Snopes, the quote "originated in an unsourced article published by a disreputable web site, and which appears to loosely string together an entire ecosystem of impossibly farfetched and completely unsourced conspiracy theories."

"Anyone who feels I have hate towards the Jewish community took my post the wrong way," Jackson wrote. "I have no hatred in my heart towards no one !! Equality. Equality."

Then, after his clarification post, the 33-year-old receiver posted another quote that read, "This will extort America, their plan for world domination won't work if the Negroes know who they are." In that post, Jackson scribbled out other portions.

Jackson later apologized in an Instagram video, saying he "knows Hitler is a bad person." 

"I post a lot of things that are sent to me," Jackson wrote as a caption to the Instagram video. "I do not have hatred towards anyone. I really didn’t realize what this passage was saying. Hitler has caused terrible pain to Jewish people like the pain African-Americans have suffered. We should be together fighting antisemitism and racism. This was a mistake to post this and I truly apologize for posting it and sorry for any hurt I have caused."

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman are both Jewish. The team issued a statement saying it spoke with Jackson and will determine a punishment.

"Regardless of his intentions, the messages (Jackson) shared were offensive, harmful, and absolutely appalling," the statement read. "We are continuing to evaluate the circumstances and will take appropriate action." 

Former Eagles president Joe Banner quickly condemned Jackson's social media postings. 

"If a white player said anything about AA’s 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," Banner wrote over Twitter. "Which would be totally appropriate. Absolutely indefensible."

In the past two days, Jackson also has posted on Instagram praising the preacher Louis Farrakhan, who is considered to be an antisemitic extremist by the Southern Poverty Law Center. 

Jackson, a three-time Pro Bowler, signed a three-year deal with Philadelphia last year after being traded from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson has issued an apology after posting images of anti-Semitic messages on social media Monday. (via DeSean Jackson)
Posted by ESPN on Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Source: usatoday