Saints’ Malcolm Jenkins hired as CNN’s newest contributor
One of the newest faces back with New Orleans Saints is making more headlines off the field during the offseason with his newest outside job.
This time period in life has brought the best and the worst out of everyone. COVID-19 hit first shutting down the US economy, and then the light was shed on the social injustice issue that plagues the great country we call home. The Saints were no exception to these.
Several NFL players were eager to speak out about their stance and viewpoint about social injustice and the issues America is facing right now. Multiple Saints joined in the conversation as well trying to shed more light on the cause.
Well-known quarterback Drew Brees made comments regarding his stance on the national anthem proclaiming that he still saw it disrespectful toward the military men and women who fought for freedom to kneel during the national anthem.
One of Brees’ oldest and newest teammates was also one of the first to respond slashing the comments made by Brees saying that kneeling has nothing to do with the military and everything to do with social injustice.
Several other teammates responded to Brees’ comments to which he has now recanted on. However, Malcolm Jenkins didn’t stop his crusade at educating Drew Brees; now, he stands to help educate the entire nation.
Jenkins realizes that as an athlete the platform that he has been given to help the cause for which he stands is enormous, and he is taking it to the next level. Instead of taking to social media, Jenkins is taking his platform to CNN.
The Saints’ safety has been hired as one of CNN’s newest contributors. Just so you know, CNN is an Atlanta-based company that is owned by AT&T. That said, in an article by Brian Steinberg of Variety, Jenkins had this to say.
"“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 said in a statement. ” I also want to thank CNN for their thoughtful leadership in viewing professional athletes beyond their sport as another educated voice who brings a varied perspective and value to the network’s programming and shows.”"
The courage and passion that Malcolm Jenkins has is something that we can all learn from. If he as good as a writer as he is a football player, Jenkins will succeed with the highest expectations at CNN and might even find a position post-football there.