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Julian Edelman Responds to DeSean Jackson About Anti-Semitism in IG Video

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 04: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots jogs as they take on the Tennessee Titans in the first quarter of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman addressed the controversy surrounding the anti-Semitic quotes DeSean Jackson posted to his Instagram account.

On Thursday, Edelman said he's "proud of his Jewish heritage" and that "anti-Semitism is one of the oldest forms of hatred." The three-time Super Bowl champion added that he was referred to as a Jewish slur in 2011.

Edelman offered to meet Jackson in Washington, D.C., to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. 

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Julian Edelman, who is Jewish, responds to DeSean Jackson’s anti-Semitic IG posts. He offers to go with Jackson to D.C.’s Holocaust Museum and Museum of African American History and Culture. (Warning: Contains an uncensored anti-Semitic slur) https://t.co/0KLKvcIiIS

On Friday, Edelman tweeted that he'd spoken to Jackson about the posts and that they were "making plans to use our experiences to educate one another and grow together."

Warning: Anti-Semitic quotes follow.

Over the weekend, Jackson highlighted a passage from a book that purportedly quoted Adolf Hitler.

The quote claimed that "Jews will blackmail America" to suppress the idea that "the Negroes are the real Children of Israel."

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"The will extort America, their plan for world domination won't work if Negroes know who they were," the passage went on to say.

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What do I get the impression DeSean Jackson didn’t think this one all the way through https://t.co/eJUjANNXXy

In a pair of since-deleted posts, Jackson also drew his followers' attention to Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam. The three-time Pro Bowler called Farrakhan, who has made multiple anti-Semitic comments in public, "powerful" in one caption alongside one of his speeches.

The Eagles issued a statement calling Jackson's posts "offensive, harmful and absolutely appalling." The team also said it "will take appropriate action" upon looking further into the matter.

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NFL Network's Tom Pelissero shared a statement from the NFL: "DeSean's comments were highly inappropriate, offensive and divisive and stand in stark contrast to the NFL’s values of respect, equality and inclusion. We have been in contact with the team which is addressing the matter with DeSean."

Jackson also apologized on Instagram, saying he "didn't intend any harm or any hatred towards any people."

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“I never want to put any race down or any people down. … I apologize. I didn’t intend any harm or any hatred towards any people.” DeSean Jackson shares video apologizing after he posted an anti-Semitic message on Instagram https://t.co/b5R2uSdQzk

Former NBA star Stephen Jackson weighed in on Instagram and initially defended Jackson, saying he "was trying to educate himself, educate people, and he's speaking the truth" (via ESPN.com).

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Person he’s on w: "The point is, you did not just say to me that Jews are not trying to divide the black community." Jackson: "You know that for a fact? … You know who the Rothschilds are? They own all the banks.” Jackson then said, “I haven’t said one thing that’s untrue yet"

Stephen Jackson appeared on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon on Wednesday and said he "could've changed those words" in reference to his Instagram message and that "the last thing I was spewing was to defend Hitler or any other post."

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