Malcolm Jenkins: Insulting to call me a sell-out

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The Players Coalition organized by Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and retired wide receiver Anquan Boldin fractured this week as a deal was struck with the NFL for the league to provide $89 million over seven years to the social justice causes favored by players who have been protesting over the last two years.

49ers safety Eric Reid, Chargers tackle Russell Okung and Dolphins safety Michael Thomas left the group with Okung calling the deal a “farce” that doesn’t work to accomplish what the players were hoping to accomplish.

In an open letter released on Sunday, Jenkins relays the history of the group while writing that he does not believe this is an end to the players’ efforts and pushed back at suggestions that he and others have been bought off by the league.

“What the NFL has done is a good first step — it’s not going to solve the massive problems we have in our cities and states across this country, but it’s a start. And, more importantly, I’m glad we were able to get them to acknowledge their responsibility and role in trying to help solve these problems and injustices. They are making a major commitment, more than they have done
for any other charitable initiative, to provide us with the marketing platform to educate millions of fans about social justice, racial inequality and the work players are doing in criminal justice reform, police accountability/transparency and education/economic advancement. For myself and the Players Coalition, it was never about the money or having our voices bought. To hear people call me or anyone else a sell-out is insulting. It has always been, and will always be, about lifting the voices of the people and the work of those that fight for them.”

The deal makes no call for players to stand for the national anthem or otherwise give up their protests and Jenkins writes that he “wholeheartedly” supports those who continue on that front. Jenkins said he will not raise his fist on the sideline this Sunday and adds that he hopes the focus will move to “the tragedies we need to fix” rather than what players may do during the anthem.

17 responses to “Malcolm Jenkins: Insulting to call me a sell-out

  1. A) Why is it the NFL’s responsibility to solve these supposed racial injustice issues in inner cities? Lol. Is it Home Depot’s responsibilties as well? STAPLES?

    B) I LOVE liberal infighting. Makes me happy. I’m going to make some hot chocolate.

  2. Pandering to these racist black players and giving money through extortion is outrageous. There is no difference between a black man raising his arm at the national anthem than a nazi salute – just as racist.

    Time to fire all protesting players and to let them form their own football league.

  3. At least Jenkins is acting like an adult unlike Okung & Thomas. Having said that the NFL has no reason to donate a dime. Who do the players think they are? It’s a job & I don’t ever remember asking my boss to step up & donate a dime.

  4. laserw says:
    December 3, 2017 at 5:35 pm
    Pandering to these racist black players and giving money through extortion is outrageous. There is no difference between a black man raising his arm at the national anthem than a nazi salute – just as racist.

    Time to fire all protesting players and to let them form their own football league.

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    In a sea of insane comments on this topic over the last few months, this one has to be the most insane. Holy crap.

  5. Typical “slacktivism” by those players that discredit Malcolm Jenkins (and the other players) who’ve actually spent their own free time, energy and money to bring awareness to injustices suffered to Americans by our flawed and often corrupt system. REAL activist work WITH the powers that be and put the time in to help expose these flaws so that someday we can have justice for ALL Americans!

  6. Responsibility? Only a Liberal would think such a thing.

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    Thank you for speaking with reason. Why does the NFL have a “responsibility” to do anything? They are an employer. Nothing more. Do all of our employers have an equal “responsibility” to put up money for whatever causes employees deem important?

    What he should’ve said is “the NFL has stepped up to the plate like no other employer and we are eternially grateful fro every penny”

  7. If the players want to make there stance meaningful then the NFL should set no limit on how much they contribute… so long as it’s dollar for dollar with what the players put in. If the players want a billion dollars then they need to put in $500 million. If the players put in nothing then they get nothing.

  8. Just to clear up the ignorance on here, Malcolm Jemkins platform is criminal justice reform with the specific goal of sealing criminal records of non-violent offenders after 5 years if no additional offenses have occurred. Thats not a black or white thing, it’s a common sense thing. Our laws (specifically drug laws) have destroyed the lives of millions of people and this would be a good step to righting some of those wrongs. In reality the fact that these records are never sealed leads to more criminality.

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