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


During a conference call Wednesday night, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and former NFL receiver Anquan Boldin, who lead roughly 40 players who have negotiated with the league office about demonstrations during the national anthem, guided the group through the highlights of the package, which represents the NFL's largest contribution to a social issue, surpassing that of Salute to Service or Breast Cancer Awareness/Crucial Catch.

"Malcolm, which is also a concern that I raised with him, Malcolm kicked Colin out of the coalition following the meeting in NY at the beginning of the season", Reid said. "I feel like I've been misled", Reid said. We were under the impression that we would all have equal say in that organization.

Reid also stated that he believes the NFL is trying to make the decision to fund these programs as easy as possible for the NFL, and that the league office pressured Jenkins into agreeing now in order to announce a deal prior to the December 13 owners' meeting where Roger Goodell's contract will be discussed. "And shoot, if that's what lying is, then that's what it is". That group has been prominent in dealing with the league on a plan by which the NFL would support the community activism being performed by players.

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"They understood the entire scope of the plan".

"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. He's going to present them with a proposal saying, 'Look you really don't have to do anything. We then talked about myself contracting Troy Vincent just to give them some updates on some of our feedback, which I did. "Everybody kind of agreed to that". So I was waiting to get some feedback. Malcolm actually wants us to - he calls it invest, I call it donate - to the company to pay salaries for his staff.

Reid, for his part, said there was no "bad blood". 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.

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It's unclear where things go from here, but the NFL's offer is reportedly still on the table.

"At that point, that was the last straw for me", Reid said.

Some owners believe that if the protests last through season's end, owners will act during the upcoming offseason to revert next season to the league's pre-2009 policy of leaving players in the locker rooms before games until after the anthem is played, according to multiple people close to the situation.

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