NFL, Players Reach Agreement To Fund Community Activism

NFL, Players Reach Agreement To Fund Community Activism

The Washington Post reports that a source close to the negotiations says the agreement will provide almost $90 million for causes deemed important by the players between the agreement's signing and 2023, with a particular focus on issues facing the African-American community.

Malcolm Jenkins believes he has done his part to raise awareness of racial injustices and inequality enough to end his raised-fist demonstration during the national anthem.

The agreement calls for national funds to be allocated accordingly: 25 percent to the United Negro College Fund; 25 percent to Dream Corps; and 50 percent to the Players Coalition, which has filed 501 (c)(3) and 501 (c)(4) paperwork for nonprofit status as a fiscally sponsored project. "I felt like why I started was to draw awareness, and so I feel like if the league is providing a way for me to amplify that awareness and that platform, I just don't see the need to continue". But I will say he's misled us.

The discussions occurred in NY between NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and a group of players known as the Players' Coalition, which on Wednesday suffered a setback when San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid and Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas backed out of the group over how the leaders were dealing with league officials. There are several players that have voiced their disagreement with the proposal and have withdrawn from the Players Coalition.

Reid, who was the first player to join Colin Kaepernick in his protest in 2016, spoke to the media about his decision on Tuesday.

Jenkins said Thursday he most recently spoke with Kaepernick several weeks ago and that he hopes to work with the former San Francisco quarterback and Reid moving forward.

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Reid, who knelt beside Colin Kaepernick last season, additionally told ESPN: "Malcolm continues to have conversations on his own with the National Football League, and the Players Coalition is his organization".

"We would rather not be demonstrating or protesting", Jenkins said to SI in September. The objective of the coalition was to bring light to topics such as social injustice and protests around the NFL.

Jenkins said this is not about the money the league is investing, because he "wouldn't just accept a check a move on".

Jenkins said each player across the league, including those in his NFL Players Coalition, can decide for themselves whether to continue demonstrating during the national anthem.

"And so I think what the league is proposing is a platform and a campaign similar to what they've done with Breast Cancer Awareness, My Cause, My Cleats, Salute to Service, but hopefully in an even bigger manner". What we didn't have was a conversation with players in the coalition based on some of the responses that we got from the league.

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