Former Ohio State football player Malcolm Jenkins will now have a job with a major media network. CNN announced on Monday that the NFL star will be a commentator on social injustice and racism.
Jenkins is still a player in the NFL, heading back to the New Orleans Saints after spending time with the Philadelphia Eagles. He has played in the league for 11 seasons.
“Having spent years running non-profits and supporting grassroots organizations to address the inequalities of our criminal justice system, educational system and disparate wealth in our marginalized communities, I believe I can be a voice for other athlete activists and those who have dedicated their lives to changing legislation, policies and reforms for human equality,” Jenkins said in a statement, according to Variety.com. “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. In an important election year, I’m eager to join the CNN family and share my perspective as a regular contributor.”
Jenkins has produced op-ed columns for CNN, New York Times and The Washington Post in the past. He also created a video in response to Drew Brees earlier this year, denouncing the quarterback’s views on kneeling during the national anthem.
Jenkins played at Ohio State from 2005-08. He was a first-round selection in the 2009 NFL Draft.