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New England Patriots fan favourite Julian Edelman has offered to take Philadelphia Eagles' wide receiver DeSean Jackson on a trip to the Holocaust Museum following his series of anti-Semitic social media posts.
33-year-old Jackson, who has since apologised for his actions, shared anti-Semitic writings as well as a fake Adolf Hitler quote to his Instagram story.
Seeing his fellow NFL receiver's public posts, Edelman - who is Jewish himself - took to Twitter to lend a helping hand.
Compassion, empathy and love.
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- Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) July 9, 2020
"It's really hard to see the challenges a community can face when you're not part of it," Edelman said.
"So what we need to do is: We need to listen, we need to learn, we need to act. We need to have those uncomfortable conversations, if we're gonna have real change.
"So to that end, DeSean, let's do a deal: How about we go to D.C. and I take you to the Holocaust Museum, and then you take me to the Museum of African-American History and Culture. Afterward, we grab some burgers and we have those uncomfortable conversations. This world needs a little more love, compassion and empathy."
Jackson, who is now in his second stint with the Eagles, posted pictures to his Instagram story praising recognised anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan.
He also posted a fabricated Adolf Hitler quote in which it claims "white Jews" are trying to "blackmail America".
While it's yet to be seen whether Philadelphia impose any discipline on Jackson for his actions, three-time Super Bowl champion Edelman reached out to the Eagles star to offer his support while maintaining the importance of the Black Lives Matters movement.
"There's no room for anti-semitism in this world," Edelman said.
"Even though we're talking about anti-Semitism, I don't want to distract from how important the Black Lives Matter movement is and how we need to stay behind it.
"I think the black and Jewish communities have a lot of similarities. One unfortunate similarity is that they are both attacked by the ignorant and the hateful."
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