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The NFL is proposing a partnership with the league’s players in which $100 million would be donated to social justice organizations, but not all players are on board with the pitch.
Reid said that Jenkins has not been including Kaepernick, the founder of the original movement, in communications.
“Malcolm, which is also a concern that I raised with him, Malcolm kicked Colin out of the coalition following the meeting in New York at the beginning of the season,” Eric Reid said.
“There was a group message, I guess he was the administrator of the message and he took Colin out.”
Jenkins refuted Reid’s claim to ESPN via a statement:
“It’s false. I’ve talked with Colin numerous times about being a part of the Coalition. He thought it would be best to work and support us in an informal capacity.”
“Malcolm [Jenkins] kicked Colin [Kaepernick] out of the coalition following the meeting in New York at the beginning of the season,” Niners safety Eric Reid contends. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
This is not the only area where Reid and Jenkins offered contrasting views.
Reid told ESPN that Jenkins had conversations with the NFL without him or Thomas being involved. Reid also says Jenkins told the NFL the players would end demonstrations if money was donated by the league to certain initiatives.
“That was never discussed at any point. I feel like I’ve been misled,” Reid said. “I won’t accuse Malcolm of directly lying to me, because I don’t think he’s that type of guy. But I will say he’s misled us. And shoot, if that’s what lying is, then that’s what it is.”
Jenkins responded to ESPN: “They understood the entire scope of the plan. The last time we had conversations with (commissioner Roger) Goodell and Troy Vincent, Michael Thomas and Eric Reid were on that call. They understood the proposal. What we didn’t have was a conversation with players in the coalition based on some of the responses that we got from the league. We then talked about myself contacting Troy Vincent just to give them some updates on some of our feedback, which I did. That call did not have Mike or Eric on it. Everybody kind of agreed to that.”
Jenkins called the whole process “very transparent,” saying he has been double-checking with all of the players about the coalition’s message before speaking with the league. He said he talked with Reid on Tuesday night as he was gathering input about the NFL’s recent proposal.
“It wasn’t a conversation that led me to believe he would walk away from what we created. We were kind of disagreeing on some points but we left the conversation, he said he’d have to make some decisions or let me know what his thoughts were. So I was waiting to get some feedback. But none of the conversations, for me at least, have been any that I’ve taken personal or felt like I didn’t want to work with the group, even if we disagreed.”
Reid, for his part, said there was no “bad blood.”
Jenkins called it “disappointing” that he found out about Reid’s decision to break from the coalition through the media.
The Eagles safety has been demonstrating for social justice since Week 2 of the 2016 season. He indicated on Wednesday that if the potential partnership with the league can properly “amplify the voices of players” when it comes to the issues that they have been trying to draw attention to, that he would no longer see the need to protest.
Reid said he received a text from Jenkins on Wednesday morning asking him if he’d be comfortable ending the demonstrations if the NFL made a donation to the player coalition.
“At that point, that was the last straw for me,” Reid said. “He had a conversation with the NFL, we agreed that multiple people would be in all conversations with the NFL, it wouldn’t just be him solely so he didn’t stand by his word on that. At no point did we ever communicate that an agreement with the NFL would end the protests so for him to come to that point with the league, it was the last straw for me.”
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