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NFL, players reach agreement on league's support of players community activism

01 December 2017

Jenkins said when he started raising his fist during the national anthem, it was because of the exposure it would generate for those injustices.

"And if we're able to amplify our voices to showcase those causes, those issues, to highlight grass-roots organizations who are doing the work and need support, to tell the stories of those people who have been wronged or left out, I think that's even more valuable than the cash amount". If the NFL would donate $100 million, the players would stop their active protests during the national anthem. Demonstrating players have drawn praise from civil rights group and others, while some, including President Donald Trump, have criticized them. There are several players that have voiced their disagreement with the proposal and have withdrawn from the Players Coalition.

49ers safety Eric Reid kneels alongside now-former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick duirng a 2016 game against the Arizona Cardinals. Reid broke with the players coalition on Wednesday citing a disagreement with the group's
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"Talking with the league and what they've kind of proposed, I feel has presented a bigger and better platform to continue to raise awareness and continue to fluctuate positive change".

Reid opened up Thursday night about his decision to pull himself out of the Players Coalition and discussions with the National Football League this week, along with Dolphins safety Michael Thomas and Chargers lineman Russell Okung. But I will say he's misled us.

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"The NFL continues a disingenuous approach to player grievances, refusing to match the urgency of this moment", Okung claimed, the Times reports.

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.

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Eric Reid said that Jenkins has not been including Kaepernick, the founder of the original movement, in communications.

"Roger Goodell is trying to make this as easy for the owners to agree to as possible so that-again, their goal is to end the protests", Reid said. When we agreed to be a part of the Players Coalition, we were under the impression that it would be our organization. Later Wednesday, sources told ESPN that the coalition and the NFL agreed in principle for the league to contribute $89 million over seven years to projects dealing with criminal justice reform, law enforcement/community relations and education.

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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. "So it would really be no skin off the owners' backs: They would just move the money from those programs to this one".

NFL, players reach agreement on league's support of players community activism