49ers' Eric Reid: NFL redistributing cancer & military awareness money for social justice
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- San Francisco 49ers' safety Eric Reid is disappointed with the NFL's $89 million deal to fund social justice issues.
The safety was a member of the Players Coalition, run by Philadelphia Eagles' saftey Malcolm Jenkins and retired player Anquan Boldin, which negotiated the deal before eventually dropping out of it. The coalition's purpose was to make NFL owners more aware of the issues players were advocating for that are of concern in the African-American community.
Reid told Slate Magazine in an interview that the NFL plans to redistribute the funding that goes towards breast cancer awareness and military service initiatives.
"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 said. "We didn't agree with that because we weren't trying to cut other worthy programs."
He continued saying, "so it would really be no skin off the owners' backs: they would just move the money from those programs to this one."
Jenkins agreed he would no longer raise his fist during the national anthem and told NFL owners that all players would end their demonstrations.
When Reid was asked about Jenkins' proposal to the NFL , Reid said "at not 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."
Reid was the first player to join Colin Kaepernick, his teammate at the time, and kneel during the national anthem. He says that Jenkins is the only protesting player he knows of that will end their protest in response to the NFL's philanthropy.
While no specific charities or organizations were named in the league's announcement to donate funds, the NFL said their work will "encompass programs and initiatives that reduce barriers to opportunity, with a priority on supporting improvements in education, community/police relations and our criminal justice system. Additional focus areas include poverty, racial equality and workforce development."