Malcolm Jenkins accused of removing Kaepernick from players coalition
Multiple NFL players have accused Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins of removing Colin Kaepernick from NFL player coalition.
This has been quite the season for Philadelphia Eagles safety and acting captain, Malcolm Jenkins. Not only is he taking care of things on the football field, but he is also actively trying to make the world a better place. Over the last year or so, Jenkins and other NFL players have participated in many meeting to discuss topics such as social injustice and national anthem protests.
This season, the players coalition has made some great progress towards their goals. In fact, on Wednesday afternoon it was announced that NFL representatives will reportedly be contributing $90-$100 million dollars to causes chosen by players involved. Jenkins is among one of the head players involved. Beside him is former NFL wide reciever, Anquan Boldin.
Although news broke that the NFL would be contributing to the players cause, some other news has overshadowed the progress. San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid and Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas have decided to part ways with the coalition. Not only did they not see eye to eye with Jenkins on certain topics, but they claim that Jenkins has something to do with the removal of former NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.
Reid’s public statement:
What did Jenkins have to say?
The relationship between Jenkins and Reid has seem to have gone a bit sour. Both players have pretty much agreed to disagree at this point and move on. Although Jenkins plan was to come to a final agreement with the NFL, Reid was not on board with the terms. In addition, he felt like the removal of Kaepernick was the sign for him to remove himself. After all, along with Kaepernick, Reid was one of the first players to protest the national anthem before games.
After being accused of removing Kaepernick from conversations involving the coalition, Jenkins has made a statement defending his reasoning why he has decided to exclude the former quarterback.
"“I’m not sure about whether Kaepernick wants to be involved,”. “I saw this as an opportunity to create a group of players that could use their voice together to really make some change, and we still have that opportunity. We’ve been able to go from protests to now speaking with ownership about something that’s never been in place before. We’re proud of that. And we’ll continue to work with whoever wants to be in that conversation.”"
At this point, it looks like Jenkins and Boldin’s agenda will remain the same despite losing some members. Aside from Reid and Thomas, other players have stated that they have no problem with leadership. So far, the meetings have seemed to be successful and the players coalition seems to really be making some progress with the NFL as a whole.
Although the players and NFL reps have reached an agreement, nothing is set in stone as of now. The final meeting between the players and owensership is set to take place some time in March. It will be at the annual meeting after the 2017 season.