- The Washington Times - Monday, June 15, 2020

CNN has hired New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins as a contributor to discuss racial injustice and police brutality through the lens of an athlete.

Jenkins’ hire is especially notable because the 32-year-old is also a co-founding member of the Players Coalition, a group of NFL players dedicated to social justice and racial equality. In 2016 and 2017, Jenkins raised his fist during the national anthem to protest.

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,” Jenkins said in a statement.  “In an important election year, I’m eager to join the CNN family and share my perspective as a regular contributor.

“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.”

Jenkins re-joined the New Orleans Saints this offseason after spending the last six years with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Saints drafted Jenkins in 2009.

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