PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson said he “didn’t intend any harm or any hatred toward any people,” after posting an anti-Semitic message on social media.
Jackson posted video on his an Instagram story feed and two other posts that included a screenshot with quotes attributed to Hitler and Louis Farrakhan. The social media posts have been deleted according to ESPN.
Jackson later apologized after receiving backlash for sharing the posts.
“My post was definitely not intended for anybody of any race to feel any type of way, especially the Jewish community,” Jackson said in a video he posted on Instagram on Tuesday. “I post things on my story all the time, and just probably never should have posted anything Hitler did, because Hitler was a bad person, and I know that.”
The team issued the following statement:
We have spoken with DeSean Jackson about his social media posts. Regardless of his intentions, the messages he shared were offensive, harmful, and absolutely appalling. They have no place in our society, and are not condoned or supported in any way by the organization. We are disappointed and we reiterated to DeSean the importance of not only apologizing but also using his platform to take action to promote unity, equality, and respect. We are continuing to evaluate the circumstances and are committed to continuing to have productive and meaningful conversations with DeSean, as well as all of our players and staff, in order to educate, learn, and grow.
The NFL also issued a statement, saying:
DeSean’s comments were highly inappropriate, offensive and divisive and stand in stark contrast to the NFL’s values of respect, equality and inclusion. We have been in contact with the team which is addressing the matter with DeSean.
Jackson, a three-time Pro Bowl pick, is in his second stint in Philadelphia, returning last season to the team that drafted him in the second round of the 2008 draft.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.