Malcolm Jenkins is going to be on your TV more than just Sundays this fall.
The veteran defensive back has been hired by CNN as a commentator on race and social justice issues, per Pro Football Talk. He’s set to make appearances on several shows on the network.
Jenkins released a statement, per PFT:
Having spent years running non-profits and supporting grassroots organizations to address the inequalities of our criminal justice system, educational system and disparate wealth in our marginalized communities, I believe I can be a voice for other athlete activists and those who have dedicated their lives to changing legislation, policies and reforms for human equality. Now more than ever, the public needs to be educated on the roles of elected positions of power, such as the District Attorney, Police Chief or City Council and how to hold those individuals accountable, especially through their voice and their vote. In an important election year, I’m eager to join the CNN family and share my perspective as a regular contributor.
Jenkins has long been one of the NFL’s more vocal proponents of race and social affairs. He famously raised his fist during the national anthem in 2016, continuing to do so throughout the 2017 season.
Jenkins has met with lawmakers on Capitol Hell, published an op-ed in The Washington Post and also explained his position of protest to Roger Goodell in a memo. Most recently, Jenkins responded to teammate Drew Brees’ controversial comments on the anthem protests across the NFL, sharing a spirited video on social networking sites.
Jenkins signed a contract to return to the Saints during the offseason, for whom he played between 2009 and 2013. He is a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion.
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