Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins on Turning Down White House Visit: ‘I’m Not Interested in a Photo Op’

Friday on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins discussed his decision to skip out on visiting the White House to celebrate his team’s Super Bowl LII victory, saying he is not interested in just a photo op with the president.

“This is a celebratory type of event,” Jenkins explained. “We show up, the president walks in, shakes a couple of hands, takes a picture and leaves. This is not a meeting. So, when it comes to photo ops, I’m just not interested in a photo op. And I don’t want to be a distraction to anybody who is.”

Co-host Jeremy Schaap asked Jenkins if he would go if he had the opportunity for a “few moments” to speak with the president.

Jenkins replied, “I’m not interested in a few moments. I want to do real work.”

He added that he would be meeting with legislators at a later time on Capitol Hill to work on criminal justice reform and police accountability.

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