Saying he had a sleepless “couple of hours” Wednesday morning, Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Zach Banner used his official Twitter account to post his reaction to the DeSean Jackson controversy.
He’d seen the anti-Semitic messages Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson posted to social media. Banner wanted to send a message to his own Black community, to the Jewish community and to the broader NFL world.
When Steelers tackle Zach Banner was a rookie in 2018, a gunman opened fire on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11.
So when he saw DeSean Jackson‘s anti-Semitic comments on social media — and the resulting backlash — it stirred some powerful emotions in him.
Banner decided to film a video to share his thoughts with the black community, the Jewish community, and the world at large.
The final event left during the week-long stay of the NFL’s Zach Banner and Larry Ogunjobi was a celebratory evening at Papa’s. Banner brought a big bag of paraphernalia, which included signed jerseys from Steeler teammates and game-worn cleats and gloves, to be silent auctioned with all the funds going into Banner’s B3 Foundation.
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Zach Banner, now in his fourth NFL season, will return to the island he calls a second home. And, just as he did in 2018, he’s bringing a friend – the same one, in fact.
When Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Zach Banner started his B3 Foundation in 2017, he wanted to inspire children the same way his father, Ron Banner, inspired him.