Current NFL player Malcolm Jenkins joins CNN as commentator

cbsn-fusion-new-orleans-saints-star-malcolm-jenkins-on-george-floyd-racism-and-police-reform-thumbnail-496954-640x360-1NFL’s New Orleans saints player Malcolm Jenkins, 32, has joined CNN as a social commentator, he announced Monday via Twitter. Jenkins has written a variety of op-eds, appearing on CNN.com, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.

CNN has a variety of former athletes on its payroll (including HLN sports correspondent Coy Wire, and former HLN sports contributor Hines Ward, among others), but this will be the first time CNN has ever had a current athlete on its talent roster.

“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 said in a statement provided to Axios.

”I also want to thank CNN for their thoughtful leadership in viewing professional athletes beyond their sport as another educated voice who brings a varied perspective and value to the network’s programming and shows,” he concluded.

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