Eagles Chris Long, Malcolm Jenkins Speak Out on Charlottesville

Long, a UVA alum, and Jenkins jumped all over Trump’s response to the Nazi rally on social media.

Photo of Chris Long (left) by Kiel Leggere. Photo of Malcolm Jenkins by Jeff Fusco.

By now I assume we’re all aware of the pure evil that came out of the shadows and reared its ugly head in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. If not, here’s a good retrospective of the reprehensible – and utterly pathetic – Nazi/KKK rally that very predictably escalated into a violent affair on Saturday, leaving a 32-year-old woman dead and at least 34 injured in its wake.

(I’m DONE calling these losers “white nationalists” or some other sanitized term for racists, by the way – they’re fucking Nazis – unless they’re the clowns in KKK robes. It’s kind of hard to settle on a label for these lowlifes since neo-Nazis and the Klan have seemingly joined forces in recent years like some bigoted version of the Mega Powers).

The Eagles have several players who are active politically and socially, including new defensive end (and Charlottesville native) Chris Long and safety Malcolm Jenkins. A lot has been said during this tense time about how sports are meant to serve as a distraction from all of the negativity dominating headlines. Absolute nonsense. And Long, no stranger to this type of activism, agrees:

If they so choose, there are (rather unfortunately) few more impactful voices than a famous athlete’s when serving as a role model. Sorry, Sir Charles, but it’s true. We need more guys like Chris and Jenk stepping up to affirm that we have a higher moral obligation as Americans to denounce these fearmongers and put them in their rightful place – the gutter.

It’s a sad day when two football players and the Mooch offer more poignant responses to a national tragedy than the president. And to those who say Trump has nothing to do with this rally, get real. Torch-bearing “protesters” were literally dressed like him while marching on the campus of the University of Virginia, Long’s alma mater.

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