Malcolm Jenkins explains why he puts hold on protests

Malcolm Jenkins explains why he puts hold on protests

"The Players Coalition was supposed to be formed as a group that represents NFL Athletes who have been silently protesting social injustices and racism", Eric Reid wrote on Twitter. The goal of the coalition was to bring light to topics such as social injustice and protests around the NFL.

Malcolm Jenkins and Anquan Boldin founded the Players Coalition to team up with the NFL to work toward solutions to the problems of police brutality and racial injustice that drive player protests during the national anthem. The defections of Reid and Thomas from the group of players dealing with the league on the player-activism agreement appear to greatly reduce or eliminate the chances that the agreement will end the players' protests entirely.

Jenkins responded to ESPN: "They understood the entire scope of the plan". Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and former National Football League wide receiver Anquan Boldin are viewed as the leaders of the Players Coalition.

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The NFL is seeking an agreement that players will stand for the anthem in return and put an end to the controversial movement that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began last season. That includes $89 million being contributed to both national and local projects over a seven-year period, as reported by ESPN. At the local level however, the owners would throw in $250,000 annually, to which they would expect players to match their efforts. Players and owners can exceed that amount if they choose, with no matching requirement. Additionally, ther would be other fundraisers such as telethons and auctions to assist with the fund.

The $73 million in national funding has been vetted and approved, a league source said. The owners are scheduled to meet in December in Dallas but might not take up the issue until the annual league meeting in March. However, for Goodell and Vincent, trying to force players to stand for the anthem - which would have undoubtedly triggered a fierce battle with the NFL Players Association - wasn't a fight worth having. The NFL also plans to create a platform similar to their breast cancer awareness and Salute to Service campaigns that would spotlight social justice issues, Jenkins said. While the deal doesn't directly address many players' protests during the national anthem, some believed the agreement could result in an easement of tensions that have been building between players and owners for months. The money will be given out starting once the agreement becomes final through 2023.

Ultimately, Reid and Thomas walked away from the Players Coalition, angering NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. When we agreed to be a part of the Players Coalition, we were under the impression that it would be our organization.

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