CNN hires Saints Safety Malcolm Jenkins as commentator on race and social justice

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As a result of controversial comments made by Drew Brees over the National Anthem, in some ways, the New Orleans Saints have been at the center of conversations dealing with racial inequality and social justice reform.

Saints Safety Malcolm Jenkins has been at the center of the center of those conversations and he’s just getting started.

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According to reports, the outspoken veteran defensive back has been hired by CNN as a commentator on race and social justice.

Per his announcement on Monday, Jenkins will contribute to studio shows across CNN’s worldwide network as well as multiple platforms and special programming.

Jenkins becomes the first professional football player to join CNN as a player still on an active NFL roster.

He returned to New Orleans this off season after spending the last six years with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.

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