One of the Super Bowl-bound Philadelphia Eagles players, who also has participated in the national anthem protests, has decided to give one of his allotted Super Bowl tickets to a convicted murderer, reports Breitbart.
Malcolm Jenkins is the Eagles strong safety who is also an outspoken activist has decided to give a ticket to Kempis Songster, who was convicted of murder and now thinks that he should be rewarded for his crime, CBS reported.
“A few weeks ago, I saw an article come across my text that he was getting out, and I wanted to do something special for him,” Jenkins told the New York Daily News on Jan. 25. “I knew I wanted to do something to celebrate him coming home because I understood he really dedicated himself to a life of service and he’s trying to repay what he’s taken from society. I know he has some great ideas and we’re trying to accomplish the same thing when we talk about reform and healing our communities.”
Jenkins added that instead of giving the tickets to someone who is sick or “well deserving,” he gave the tickets to the murderer to encourage people to “think outside the box” and to “listen and hear from one another.”
The NFL player then actually said that he is going to “lean” on the released killer for “insight.” Now, I’m not really sure what kind of ‘insight’ this killer could give him, besides how to properly kill someone, but it seems that Jenkins already has plenty of examples on how to do that in the NFL.
“Because he’s someone I’m going to lean on for insight of what’s going on, who has been through the process, knows what’s going on, how people are being affected,” Jenkins concluded. “Those are the voices I want to amplify when we talk about trying to change it. You have to be able to engage, and Kempis is a great example of that.”
Kempis Songster, who was convicted of murder as a teenager, was released from maximum-security prison early after a recent Supreme Court decision that mandatory life sentences for minors are unconstitutional, reports Breitbart.
The felon was handed a life sentence in 1988 for murdering another teenager during an argument in a Philadelphia crack house, but thanks to the SCOTUS decision he served only 30 years of that sentence.
Jenkins was one of the first members of the NFL to join former Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, to protest police brutality by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. But instead of kneeling, Jenkins has raised his fist (a reference to black power) during the national anthem.
Jenkins began his insults to the military and those who protect this country in 2016 and continued into 2017 until November when he said he decided that the issue was well worn and recognized.
He also decided to stop the protests because of the $89 million the league promised to spend on social justice issues and programs. So there’s that too.