Last year, Eric Reid got into a public beef with Malcolm Jenkins for excluding Colin Kaepernick in a meeting between The Players Coalition and the NFL where Jenkins asked players if they would stop protesting the anthem if the NFL made a charitable donation to causes they support.
Via Business Insider
“Malcolm did text me this morning asking if we would be comfortable ending our demonstrations if the NFL made a donation,” “At that point, that was the last straw for me. He had a conversation with the NFL. We agreed that multiple people would be part of the conversations with the league so it just wouldn’t be him. He didn’t stand by his word on that. At no point did we ever communicate an agreement with the NFL to end the protest.”
[NFL Commissioner] Roger Goodell is trying to make this as easy for the owners to agree to as possible so that—again, their goal is to end the protests,” R. “He’s trying to make it as easy possible to do that for the owners. He’s going to present them with a proposal saying, Look you really don’t have to do anything. We’re just going to shift this money from this area and just move it here.”
Before today’s Eagles-Panthers Reid had to be held back from confronting Jenkins before the game.
Immediately after the game Reid blasted Jenkins and called him a “sell out” for trying to capitalize on Kaepernick’s movement.
“We believe a lot of players should’ve stepped up for Colin. I believe Malcolm capitalized on the situation,” Reid said. “He co-opted the movement that was started by Colin to get his organization funded. It’s cowardly. He sold us out.”
Instead of firing back, Jenkins took the high road and avoided escalating the situation.
I would never get up there and say anything bad about somebody who’s intentions were real about helping their community, especially another black man, I’ll leave it at that,”
“I’m not going to get up here and say anything negative about that man,” Jenkins said. “I respect him, I’m glad he has a job, I’m glad he’s back in the league. I’ll leave it at that.”
Colin Kaepernick chimed in and backed Reid.