Malcolm Jenkins, other Eagles hold up fists during anthem

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

CHICAGO (WPVI) -- Safety Malcolm Jenkins and other Philadelphia Eagles players followed through on their protest plans by holding up a fist during the national anthem before the Monday Night Football game against the Chicago Bears.

The players included defensive end Steven Means and defensive back Ron Brooks.

Last week, Jenkins said the protest was "not an anti-police thing."

"I was very clear: It's not an anti-police thing. In fact, the police are a key part of the solution in this issue," Jenkins said after practice Saturday . "It has nothing to do with the military, nothing to do with the flag itself. If you listen, the message has been the same across the board. The police are a key part of the solution, in this issue, across the nation."

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Steven Means (51), strong safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) and defensive back Ron Brooks (33) raise their arms during the national anthem.
AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato

Jenkins, a Pro Bowl safety last season, said the team didn't protest before the season opener last week out of respect because it was 9/11. He said he's spoken to 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick and told him he's proud of him.

"Whenever you're trying to change something, there's no comfortable way to change it," Jenkins said. "If somebody gets upset, then it's probably because they're not listening."


The Associated Press contributed to this report.