San Francisco 49ers player, Eric Reid, is majorly affronted in the discovery that the NFL plans to shift money that has already been pledged for other charitable causes into the new seven-year program of $89 million towards social justice causes.
After his discovery that these donations included funding towards breast cancer awareness and a military service group, Reid says he left the Players Coalition.
“In the discussion that we had, Malcolm conveyed to us—based on discussions that he had with the NFL—that the money would come from funds that are already allocated to breast cancer awareness and Salute to Service,” Reid told Slate in an interview.
Reid claims that the group as a whole never agreed to this solution and that he doesn’t support cutting funds from other worthy programs to fund this one. He claims the Players Coalition leadership ignored past discussions and simply did what they wanted instead.
“So it would really be no skin off the owners’ backs: They would just move the money from those programs to this one,” Reid says in his interview.
The NFL hoped this plan would bring the end of players protesting during the anthem. But it seems that only one of the hundreds of players seems to support this deal. Malcolm Jenkins announced on Thursday that he will cease to raise his fist during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
ESPN reported the social justice campaign will focus on “projects dealing with criminal justice reform, law enforcement/community relations and education.”