Players debate NFL's proposed $100 million donation


The NFL, according to reports, has been aiming to squelch the national anthem protest movement, which began when former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat and then took a knee past year.

Others think the deal is fundamentally in good faith, stressing that players can kneel or stand regardless of the league's personal preferences.

Part of the dispute hinges on Reid's claim that Jenkins left him and Thomas out of the discussion with the NFL related to the league's donation and that he was "misled" throughout the process. Demonstrating players have drawn praise from civil rights group and others, while some, including President Donald Trump, have criticized them.

Jenkins said it wasn't exclusively the $100 million proposal that warranted his decision to not raise his fist. "And obviously through this year and talking with the league and what they've kind of proposed, I feel like he has presented a bigger and better platform to continue to raise that awareness and continue to fluctuate positive change".

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

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San Francisco 49ers strong safety Eric Reid and Miami Dolphins wide receiver Michael Thomas are upset after the Players Coalition, a social justice-aligned activist venture within the National Football League, tentatively agreed to the deal.

This is not the only area where Reid and Jenkins offered contrasting views.

Reid was the first player to kneel alongside Colin Kaepernick, the embattled former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started the protests and remains a free agent since opting out of his contract in March.

The protests were sparked in 2016 by Kaepernick, when the San Francisco 49ers quarterback refused to stand for the anthem to call attention to racial injustice and police brutality against unarmed African Americans.

Jenkins said he will continue to draw awareness and 'raise up the grassroots organizations that need support to do the work'.

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"There are things guys have been working on and talking with the league about how we can amplify the voices of the players to draw attention to the injustices and issues of equality that we're trying to highlight - help us with solutions and try to make our communities better", Jenkins said following the Eagles' win over the Panthers on October 12. Jenkins has lobbied in Harrisburg for a Pennsylvania law that would make it easier to seal criminal records, and he joined a group of players a year ago on a visit to Capitol Hill in Washington to discuss the cash-bail system, among other things, with lawmakers.

Jenkins said he's encouraged by what he and other players have accomplished since he first raised his before a Monday night game in Chicago against the Bears on September 19, 2011, joining the movement Kaepernick catalyzed.

As of Thursday afternoon, Malcolm Jenkins will no longer protest social injustice during the national anthem.

Clad in a T-shirt that proclaimed "black by popular demand" and a chain with a gold fist dangling at the bottom, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins announced that we likely have seen the last of his real fist during the national anthem. I wanted to draw awareness.

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