The conversations aren't what we'd like them to be this morning. According to sources, the first being those that spoke with The Philadelphia Inquirer's E.J. Smith, Birds rookie Jalen Carter is again being discussed for reasons we'd rather not have to.
You may have heard about this phenomenal young man. Following a stellar career at Georgia with the Bulldogs, the two-time College Football Playoff national champion and 2022 Unanimous All-American has had an easy transition to the professional level.
With a little over half of Philly's regular-season games already being played, some believe he's the best choice for the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year Award, but he's again in the news for an unfortunate reason.
Jalen Carter speaks on recent 'misunderstanding'.
Here are a few excerpts from E.J. Smith's Friday afternoon story:
"Eagles rookie Jalen Carter said Friday that claims that he and a woman with him stole merchandise from a Center City Target store earlier this week were “probably just a misunderstanding.”
According to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, the two were addressed by a Target employee and eventually by the police. Carter wasn’t detained at the scene and there was no police report filed from the incident."
Some of you may have seen some of what was said on social media. The woman who had accompanied Carter had apparently placed some items in her shopping bags without scanning them. Carter responded by stating that this was "probably just a misunderstanding,” and that “I don’t really know too much about it.”
No arrests have been made. The Eagles haven't made any statements, but this story is still developing. In terms of Philly's brass, coaching staff, and Carter's current and former teammates he's always proven to be of respectable character.
He has hosted several community events in both Philly and his hometown of Apopka, Florida. He has also held charity events at the Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia. He has donated Thanksgiving meals and has provided financial support to his hometown's youth football program.
Discussions about Carter's character may continue, and that's unfortunate. For now, however, until more information is given, we'll shift the conversations back toward football.