Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins To Stop Protesting Social Injustices After NFL’s $89M Commitment

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It’s been a long process, but at least one player won’t be participating in protests during the Anthem anymore.

Malcolm Jenkins, one of the leaders of the Players Coalition, has raised his fist during the national anthem throughout the season, but that will all come to an end after the NFL’s $89-million commitment to social projects over a seven-year period.

“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 Thursday, as transcribed by Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer.


It was on Wednesday night when the Players Coalition struck a deal with the NFL. Jenkins later spoke about the people who had an issue with the dollar amount and what he was hoping to obtain.

“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,” Jenkins added, according to Tim McManus of ESPN. “The reason I started raising my fist in the first place is to draw awareness to injustices in this country, disenfranchised people of color. I wanted to draw awareness.”

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Eric Reid and the Miami Dolphins’ Michael Thomas both removed themselves from the coalition as they felt the group didn’t have the same views as them and Colin Kaepernick, who kicked off the protests but wasn’t involved with these discussions at all.

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