Malcolm Jenkins to end national anthem protests

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According to news reports, the league and teams will provide approximately $90 million between the onset of the arrangement and 2023 to social causes deemed important by the players.

Jenkins told Omnisport last month he needed the social landscape, especially within the league, to change in order to end his protest.

Jenkins said he will continue to draw awareness and 'raise up the grassroots organizations that need support to do the work'. "So hopefully, in good faith, that gets built out".

The NFL, according to reports, has been aiming to squelch the national anthem protest movement, which began when former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat and then took a knee past year. The owners then held their regularly scheduled fall meeting and left without enacting a rule requiring players to stand for the anthem.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump renewed his complaints about NFL players who kneel during the national anthem.

"We have an opportunity to be pioneers in this space", Jenkins said.

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"I know a lot of people have kind of made a big deal about the money that the league has proposed, but I'm more concerned and more interested in the platform they're proposing", he said via ESPN. Dolphins safety Michael Thomas and 49ers safety Eric Reid disagree and withdrew from the coalition because they don't think the agreement reached Wednesday best serves the interests of the players.

Reid was the first player to kneel beside Kaepernick last season during the latter's demonstration to shine a light on police brutality and social injustice.

Reid, who knelt beside Colin Kaepernick last season, additionally told ESPN: "Malcolm continues to have conversations on his own with the National Football League, and the Players Coalition is his organization". When we agreed to be a part of the Players Coalition, we were under the impression that it would be our organization. "There have been a lot of conversations that have been had internally between players, and I'll keep those conversations private, but I'm obviously open to speaking with all these players".

"We will continue to have dialogue with the league to find equitable solutions but without Malcolm and Anquan as our representative".

"I don't anticipate demonstrating this week simply because I felt like when I started demonstrating, my whole motivation was to draw awareness to disenfranchised people, communities of color, injustices around the country, our criminal justice system", Jenkins said by his locker on Thursday. "He's trying to make it as easy possible to do that for the owners".

As for the Eagles, Jenkins said he told teammates Chris Long and Rodney McLeod, who've demonstrated alongside him, of his plans to stop raising his right fist.

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