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 clarify he has no hatred toward the Jewish community.
In the initial post from the July 4 weekend that raised eyebrows for its anti-Semitic 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.
Messages made by USA TODAY Sports to the Eagles organization regarding Jackson’s posts were not immediately returned. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman are both Jewish.
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.”