A few weeks ago, Carolina’s Eric Reid and Philadelphia’s Malcolm Jenkins got into a heated discussion. One that would to Reid accusing Jenkins of selling him and Colin Kaepernick out. Jenkins, a member of the Players Coalition, used his partnership with the two in order to get his own charity in the spotlight
The deal? An agreement with the NFL that would pay out $90 million to groups and coalitions supported by the act. But following Carolina’s win on Oct. 21, Reid would further explain his stance on Jenkins.
“We were brought in under the premise that the NFL wanted to use their resources to help the black community,” Reid told Joe Person of The Athletic. “We established within the first five minutes of that meeting that we weren’t there to negotiate an end to the protest. After about an hour and a half of talking, [Houston Owner] Bob McNair says, ‘I think the elephant in the room is this protesting.’ [Buffalo Owner] Terry Pegula follows up with, ‘Yeah, I’ve already lost two sponsors from my hockey team. We need to put a Band-Aid on this and we need a black figurehead to do it.”
But he doesn’t stop there. Instead, Reid goes into detail on some of the inner-workings of this conversation.
“[Philadelphia Owner] Jeffrey Lurie says, ‘We can do more for the black community [than] you can ever imagine with our resources.’ Bob McNair then says, ‘Yeah, just make sure you tell your comrades to stop that protesting business.’”
In 2017, Reid would leave the Players Coalition due to Jenkins’ actions. That also led to their jawing before their game. Afterwards, he called Jenkins a “neocolonialist.”
Since being one of the first players to support Kaepernick’s actions, Reid continues to kneel during the National Anthem. He continues to protest police brutality and systemic inequality as a member of the Panthers. So, that’s where these two are at. But will the saga take another turn as the season rolls on? Time will tell.
Up next, Reid’s Panthers take on the Bucs while Jenkins’ Eagles face off against Dallas.