Eric Reid says NFL not committing new money to social causes, shifting from veterans, cancer

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San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid isn’t satisfied with the arrangement reached by the NFL and a coalition of players headed by Malcolm Jenkins and Anquan Boldin to address social causes.

Reid, Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas and Los Angeles Chargers tackle Russell Okung were among players to remove their support from the group was an agreement was reached on Wednesday. In an interview with Jeremy Stahl of Slate, Reid said one of his points of contention is that the league’s pledge to allocate $90-100 million for social causes isn’t new money being offered by the owners. Instead, the money would be reallocated from the league’s current initiatives for Breast Cancer Awareness and Salute to Service in honoring veterans.

“So it would really be no skin off the owners’ backs. They would just move the money from those programs to this one,” Reid said.

“We didn’t agree with that, because we weren’t trying to cut other worthy programs. They moved forward anyways.”

Reid questioned much of the process between the league and the Jenkins-led group along with the motives and end game plans of both sides. He feels very few players support the agreement reached with Jenkins and that there was an implicit understanding that players would cease protests in exchange for the money being allocated by the league.

“”It’s a charade,” Reid said.

Jenkins intends to stop raising a fist during the national anthem and Boldin said there’s no hard feelings toward any player that left the coalition. However, it’s clear Reid and others aren’t happy with the agreement and won’t feel bound to accept its parameters.

30 responses to “Eric Reid says NFL not committing new money to social causes, shifting from veterans, cancer

  1. If it’s true that all the league is doing is pulling the rug out from under other worthy programs the fact that it has gone public may be one of the last few nails in Roger’s coffin. That is the kind of public relations nightmare that ends careers.

  2. If this is true, and I read it on the internet, so I’m not sure, it is a complete slap in the face to Veterans. The NFL can’t have made that big a mistake, can they?

  3. Even if you don’t like Eric Reid or any of the other players who have been protesting, you have to commend that, if true, this shows character that he wouldn’t be a part of allowing this sham to go down with his name on it

  4. All very fair points by Eric Reid, but where was the mention of what money the players will be adding to this initiative?

    Otherwise, it would really be no skin off the players’ backs.

  5. So is it about raising awareness to social injustice, or just about getting the owners to cough up more money?

  6. I remember when there was no social media. I also remember that there were no social media issues since there was no social media. So maybe the social media fund is a waste of money anyway because we didn’t have it before, so why the hell do we need it now?? I’m pretty sure cancer is more important than your butthurt feelings.

  7. Goodell’s solution to end the protests that upset so many fans who view it as disrespectful to veterans and the country is to take money away from events meant to honor veterans.

    Tell me how this guy is not fired. It’s almost like he made a bet with somebody too see how badly he can screw up without being fired.

  8. Cmon Eric,

    Your getting the financial assistance and the awareness towards your cause and now your going to start complaining about where the money is coming from?!?!?

    That’s like a homeless person begging for a meal and somebody buying him a steak dinner and then the homeless guy complaining it’s not medium rare.

  9. Why do the owners have to give out Their own money for this crap? Why are they being held fiscally responsible? How come no other league has to do the same? I’m really starting to HATE all of the players.

  10. It’ll be interesting to see the general fan reaction to Reid here, as he was the second player who knelt during the anthem and yet he’s taking a clear stance against players and owners to veterans.

  11. So, I guess the league is choosing social causes over Wounded Warriors. Goes well with their taking money from the Military for Salute to Service displays. Ole Rog and the owners need to figure out what message they are trying to send. This really does insult the Military, kind of a “Thanks for our freedom, now go to h3ll” don’t you think?

  12. faithful49er707 says:
    December 1, 2017 at 2:50 am
    Cmon Eric,

    Your getting the financial assistance and the awareness towards your cause and now your going to start complaining about where the money is coming from?!?!?

    That’s like a homeless person begging for a meal and somebody buying him a steak dinner and then the homeless guy complaining it’s not medium rare.

    No, that’s like standing in line for the steak, and seeing the server take a steak from someone else who needs it, and giving it to you. Sure, you can go ahead and eat it, if you have no morals.

  13. charger383 says:
    December 1, 2017 at 12:12 am
    players disrespecting vets causes NFL to take money promised to honor vets and give money to disrespectful players causes. something is wrong here
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    Honor doesn’t cost actual money. The NFL was making money for the field sized flag “salutes” The taxpayer money wasn’t going to the servicemen. It was going to the football teams to put on the “Patriotic” display. A real Patriot would do it for nothing because it’s the right thing to do. Paid Patriotism isn’t patriotism in my opinion. Paid Patriotism is called propaganda.

  14. He is right and wrong all at once…

    First, the cancer and military/outreach is 99% PR to raise awareness and NOT about raising money…Since 2011 Salute to the Troops has raised 17 million and about 8% of the money for “pink” merch sold goes to charity…so lets make it clear the NFL is not cutting a check.

    Second, is he thinking that the NFL should increase it’s PR budget by 89 million? If so, where is the new revenue stream? He should be thankful that the owners don’t throw a 2-3 dollar surcharge on every ticket sold or the owners don’t take 14 million off the cap for 6 years to finance it.

    Since this revelation of the NFL paying for social awareness I have made the decision after the final whistle on 12/31/17 Direct TV is gone therefore, no more Sunday Ticket…I’ll go to one of the bars and watch for free…I’d rather spend the same amount on beers and have the local bar owner keep the profit.

  15. This ransom is for “social issues?” The is more Goodell management style embracing POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. He’s afraid of the players. When is the NFL getting back to the business of professional football? Criminal behavior, protesting, relocation….pathetic.

  16. I’m old enough to remember when Martin Luther King was as unpopular with the right wingers as Kaepernick is today. Does that mean we’re going to have a Colin Kaepernick holiday some day?

  17. Listen, I have been a 49er fan since 92. I love this team dispite the flaws… long live Jimmy G! That said, let’s talk Reid… I think what is getting lost here is that he doesn’t want other programs to suffer for social injustice. He wants new money to get put into that as well as breast cancer and veterans. I think what gets lost in a lot of this is that some players are genuinely trying to help… Don’t attack him for being selfish because it’s not a selfish act. I am glad Kaep is gone as a player but at the same time I feel his original message was lost. He genuinely meant no disrespect to veterans and met with veterans to find the best way to get across his messsage… can we stop pointing fingers and take a minute to actually hear the message? As an NFL fan, I respect the players right to try and make a change. Most sports don’t even bother…

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