NFL Players Almost Come To Blows Over League’s National Anthem Payoff

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At no point did we ever communicate an agreement with the NFL to end the protest." He didn’t stand by his word on that. At that point, that was the last straw for me. He had a conversation with the NFL. We agreed that multiple people would be part of the conversations with the league so it just wouldn’t be him. According to Black Sports Online, Reid said "Malcolm did text me this morning asking if we would be comfortable ending our demonstrations if the NFL made a donation.
Two former allies who were key players in the NFL national anthem protests that dominated the league's attention during the 2017 season almost came to blows before today's game.
Reid reportedly left the Players Coalition because founder Jenkins excluded Kaepernick from meetings and was instrumental in asking players if they would stop protesting the anthem if the NFL made a charitable donation. Reid, one of the first players to join former teammate Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protests during the anthem, called the Players Coalition "an NFL-funded subversion group." Reid, who was out of football and sued the NFL for collusion until recently signing with the Panthers, felt that accepting the money would represent a sell-out of player values.
Reportedly their dispute centered on the NFL Players Coalition, an ad-hoc organization which was in talks with the NFL to end national anthem protests if the league donated $90 million to causes related to social inequality. Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid and Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins had to be separated during the coin toss after their pre-game jawing escalated. NFL.com announced in May that the partnership was finalized, but it is unclear if the money has started flowing.
"Our concerns haven’t been reflected with how the organization is being run, so I felt like I needed to make a departure from it." "We communicated these concerns to him numerous times and have had numerous phone calls about it," Reid said. Reid claimed Jenkins "doesn't protest" during the national anthem, even though Jenkins has frequently raised a fist during the song.