While the Dallas Cowboys have chosen to abstain from protesting the National Anthem before their games, one of their biggest rivals are planning to do exactly that.
Philadelphia Eagles' safety Malcolm Jenkins said Friday on Sportsradio 94WIP that he and a number of teammates have discussed joining a growing movement in which players kneel, sit, or raise a fist during the playing of the national anthem.
"Last week, we talked about doing some stuff, but we wanted to make sure that we didn't do anything to take away from the families that suffered from 9/11," Jenkins said, according to Ray Boyd of CBS Philly. "We didn't want to mess with that day, so we left last week alone. But moving forward, I'm sure there will be guys that will probably join in."
The Eagles are planning this protest on national television as they play the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football.
Jenkins stated that he will "definitely" be among the players protesting.
"For me, it has nothing to do with this country or the flag or the anthem in itself. Really it's just to continue to push forward the conversation about social injustice, and that's a range of things from police brutality to wages and job opportunities, education. There's just a lot of things systematically that have been set up in this country since its inception that put minorities, especially African-Americans, at a disadvantage when you talk about quality of life and actually growing in this country."
The Eagles' players will join players from the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams who have followed San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick after he sat during the anthem to start the season.