Less than a week ago, two NFL players on the Philadelphia Eagles announced their support for anti-American protests and plans to take it up a notch at their games. Now, the team’s quarterback has come forward with a shocking announcement that not only shuts his two teammates up but will silence all the other whiny protesters in the league who have gone unpunished for the despicable statements they’ve made.
There are a number of teams in the NFL who have jumped on Colin Kaepernick’s protesting bandwagon and the Eagles are no exception. It started with Philly’s player Chris Long declaring his support for his demonstration during the national anthem. Showing support was too passive for the team’s safety, Malcolm Jenkins, who decided to make a far more aggressive statement with what he vowed to do for every single game of the season.
Jenkins has started to make good on that promise, but now Carson Wentz, who is arguably the team’s leader given his position as the quarterback, has had enough. He’s now made a statement of his own which not only blindsided everyone on his team but the entire NFL who didn’t see it coming.
As we previously reported, “kneeling was too non-aggressive for the players who feel that America is out to get them. The new sign of their objection will be to raise a clenched fist in the air. It’s hard to see that kind of action as a symbolic gesture rather than an all out threat.”
CBS Sports explained what’s been happening on the Eagles up to this current point:
“Weeks after teammate Chris Long declared support for his demonstration during the national anthem, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said Wednesday that he will be raising his fist before every one of his team’s games in the 2017 season, not for protest but ‘for racial equality and a much-needed reform to our criminal justice system’.
For Jenkins, his protest was more directed at racial injustice within the justice system and was wanting to get the misguided message out about police brutality of black men. He even made a video and met with Congress to push “police accountability,” “Clean Slate legislation” and “playing against policies and practices that reinforce the cycle of poverty in communities that need the most help.”
If anyone knows about poverty, it’s a guy who makes millions of dollars playing a game (sarcasm intended). However, just as he’s using his platform to make a statement, Wentz is too, but his message is much different.
Wentz recently spoke with CSNPhilly about what he wants to talk about which is opposite of the other guys in his industry. As long people are using their platforms, he’s going to use his differently, and it’ll be interesting to see if he’s able to get away with it like the other players are with they have to say.
Conservative Tribune reports that Wentz said in his interview “the most important thing in his life is his Christian faith, and he’s not too embarrassed to let people know about it.”
“I always tell people, for example, if you love your job, you love your wife, you love what you do, you’re going to talk about it. Well, I love Jesus. That’s what I love, so I’m going to talk about it,” the 24-year-old said of his clearly unpopular opinion in a business that boasts a lot of the opposite ideas.
Unlike the other guys, the Eagles quarterback doesn’t want to force his opinion down anyone’s throats.
“It’s definitely a fine line that I’m constantly trying to walk, and at the end of the day, just kind of how I live and what I’m about and hopefully can kind of speak through. If that makes sense,” he explained of sharing his faith while not pushing it on people who don’t to hear about it and just want to see him play a game.
“I never want to be the guy who’s beating people over the head with the Bible,” Wentz said. “That’s not what I’m about. That’s not really what Christianity is about. Christianity is all about love and showing that love and that kindness and that grace,” he added.
Regardless of your beliefs, it’s refreshing to hear a player take such a positive stance with his platform, while also acknowledging that he can have those tightly held beliefs and not force them on anyone and everyone.
“Without a doubt, I want to use my platform to make a difference (in) peoples’ lives,” Wentz said. By his example, he will undoubtedly do just that. It’s not abrasive, disrespectful or annoying like his protesting counterparts. It should also be noted that he didn’t even make that correlation, we pointed out the contrast as a way to prove the vast difference.
Most importantly, Wentz is serious about making a difference, not just talking about it and trying to get attention. Last year, he launched the AO1 Foundation with the mission statement that is to “demonstrate the love of God by providing opportunities and support for the less fortunate and those in need.”
Wentz is the kind of sports role model that the league was once known for and needs more of. It’s players like him who deserve the attention, to be recognized, and celebrated for how they use – not misuse – their positions.