By Michael Bennett
Ex-Eagle Chris Long became a fan fave for his play, especially when he roughed up Tom Brady in Super Bowl 52, and his his social conscience.
For instance, he donated his entire $1 million salary to various charities in his hometown of Charlottesville and Philly.
So it’s not surprising that he was outraged by Eagles DeSean Jackson’s comments recently about Adolf Hitler, for which he has subsequently apologized.
Jackson’s teammates have mostly been silent — Marquise Goodwin got defensive after saying he wished Jackson’s critics were as interested in discussing the Black Lives Matter movement. The team has released one statement, saying they were taking the matter seriously.
But ex-Eagles defensive end Long called the post “a f–king disaster.”
“I mean, quoting Hitler is bad business, but quoting fake Hitler quotes is like a cherry on top,” Long said on his “Green Light” podcast. “I don’t know if it’d be worse if he quoted a real one or the fake one. Needless to say, it’s wrong … It seems like, and I don’t know what it is, but it seems like we’re not allowed to say, ‘Hey, that’s not good.’ It’s not good. It’s wrong, and I’m sure I have Jewish listeners. I’m against anti-Semitism, and I didn’t see and I haven’t seen nearly enough people saying, ‘Yeah, man, this was a misstep.’”
Long played the last two years of his career in Philly, helping lead the team to a Super Bowl title in 2017. A former Walter Payton Man of the Year recipient, Long has consistently been an advocate for social justice and has supported his teammates’ protests both while he was in the league and since he retired.
Long said he likes Jackson based on his previous interactions with him. Jackson has since apologized twice for his actions, but Long believes it is up to the Jewish community whether to accept that apology.
“Just like with Drew Brees, I don’t get to decide when his apology or his learning process on this thing is complete,” Long said. “All I know is that he talked bad about Jewish people, and somehow managed to use a fake Hitler quote doing it, and that is a f–king disaster … I think it’s f–ked up, unequivocally.
Chiefs star tackle Mitchel Schwartz, one of the league’s few Jewish players and brother of ex-Giant Geoff Schwartz, denounced Jackson’s post as well. In his Twitter post, Schwartz emphasized the need for solidarity between the Jewish community and the Black Lives Matter movement.
“My hope is that we can use this moment to shed light on and bring awareness to the hate and oppression the Jewish community still faces while standing strong with the Black Lives Matter movement,” Schwartz wrote. “We can only have change if we denounce racism and bias in all its forms. Our platforms as athletes are a powerful tool, and with them comes immense responsibility. We can all do better.”