Malcolm Jenkins Said The Obvious About COVID-19 Threatening NFL Season & Fans Lost It

New Orleans Saints player Malcolm Jenkins, who is also the voice of the NFL Players Coalition, has expressed health and safety concerns about the NFL’s plans to still start the season on September 10, despite the fact that health officials have cast an ominous warning on the season due to COVID-19

Jenkins, who was hired this month as a social justice contributor to CNN, told the media company yesterday that the risks surrounding the coronavirus would have to be eliminated for him to feel comfortable returning to play. 

“Until we get to the point where we have protocols in place and until we get to a place as a country where we feel safe doing it we have to understand that football is a non-essential business and we don’t need to do it. The risk has to be eliminated before I would feel comfortable going back,” Jenkins said. 

Of course, some football fans weren’t too happy with Jenkins’ statement, which seemed to imply that some players might be thinking of not playing if the coronavirus continues to spread like wildfire or if a vaccination isn’t approved in short order.

It’s common sense thinking, but nobody wants to hear that. 

 

 

Some sports media members, such as Jason Whitlock took offense at Jenkins calling football “a nonessential business.”  Others just felt that his comments were raining on a parade that has already left the gate. 

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There were some Tweeters who understood where Jenkins was coming from 

https://twitter.com/ConcretePeake/status/1276180096160759815

As the responses to his CNN interview grew, Jenkins then took to social media to clarify his statements, before all of the football junkies and those who can’t understand the players’ health concerns, lost their minds. 

 

 

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.