Eagles cornerback Malcolm Jenkins visited Capitol Hill along with free agent wide receiver Anquan Boldin, Detroit Lion Johnson Bademosi, and retired NFL wide receiver Donte Stallworth to push legislators on criminal justice reform.
Jenkins raised his fist during the national anthem last fall to bring attention to social injustices in the nation.
The player spoke to lawmakers about police departments’ relationships with African American communities, the disproportionate percentage of black men in prison, the challenges ex-cons faced in finding employment, and the high probability of returning to prison.
The players conferred with elected officials on both sides of the aisle about criminal justice issues.
With football players from Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the National Anthem to Jenkins’ raised fist, player activism is great to bring visibility and attention to these issues.