PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - In his first media availability since President Donald Trump canceled the Philadelphia Eagles' White House visit, safety Malcolm Jenkins held up a series of note cards.
Jenkins, who had previously said he wouldn’t attend the event that was scheduled for June 5, stood at his locker silently Wednesday afternoon and held up note cards for reporters.
The first of several cards simply read, “You aren’t listening.” The second read, “More than 60% of people in prison are people of color.”
You Aren’t Listening! pic.twitter.com/5ti8HU2Cq0— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) June 6, 2018
You Aren’t Listening! pic.twitter.com/41llVxwDEq— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) June 6, 2018
Jenkins continued to pull up card after card, opting not to answer questions from the reporters that stood around him.
Other cards included sentiments about teammate Chris Long and his decision to donate his entire salary to charity last season. Another read "True Patriots" and listed the names of other NFL players who have been socially active.
FOX 29’s Kristen Rodgers was on the scene and captured video of Jenkins going through the cards.
Tuesday, Jenkins released a statement on Twitter in response to the canceled visit, describing some of the efforts he and his teammates have made over the last several years to make their community a better place.
The star defensive back also noted that Chris Long donated his salary to charity last season, a fact that would once again be brought up by Jenkins on Wednesday.
"It's not our job. No one elected us to do this. We do it because we love this country and our communities. Everyone, regardless of race or socioeconomic status, deserves to be treated equally. We are fighting for racial and social equality," Jenkins wrote.
Jenkins goes on to point out that none of the Eagles' players knelt during the national anthem last season.
"Instead the decision was made to lie, and paint the picture that these players are anti-American, anti-flag and anti-military," Jenkins added.
Jenkins says he and his teammates will continue to fight for those without a voice, ending his statement with #TheFightContinues.