New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman said Friday he's been in contact with Philadelphia Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson about getting together to educate each other about their respective experiences within the Jewish and Black communities.
Edelman posted the update on Twitter:
The Pats star previously posted a video offering to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Museum of African American History and Culture with Jackson after the Eagles receiver came under scrutiny for anti-Semitic posts on Instagram:
Jackson posted an apology on Instagram after the backlash to the posts, which included quotes about Jewish people falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler.
"I post a lot of things that are sent to me. I do not have hatred towards anyone. I really didn't realize what this passage was saying," he wrote. "Hitler has caused terrible pain to Jewish people like the pain African-Americans have suffered. We should be together fighting anti-Semitism and racism. This was a mistake to post this and I truly apologize for posting it and sorry for any hurt I have caused."
The 33-year-old Los Angeles native later expanded on those thoughts via Twitter:
ESPN's Tim McManus reported Jackson spoke with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman, who are both Jewish, after the incident.
The team issued a statement Tuesday:
"We have spoken with DeSean Jackson about his social media posts. Regardless of his intentions, the messages he shared were offensive, harmful, and absolutely appalling. They have no place in our society, and are not condoned or supported in any way by the organization. We are disappointed and we reiterated to DeSean the importance of not only apologizing, but also using his platform to take action to promote unity, equality, and respect. We are continuing to evaluate the circumstances and will take appropriate action. We take these matters very seriously and are committed to continuing to have productive and meaningful conversations with DeSean, as well as all of our players and staff, in order to educate, learn, and grow."
Along with Edelman's proposal, Jackson received an offer from 94-year-old Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg to visit Nazi concentration camps in Germany:
David Adelman, chairman of the Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza in Philadelphia, said Jackson has accepted an "education session" and tour of the plaza.