Players Coalition fractures

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As the NFL hopes to find one way to persuade all players to choose to stand for the national anthem, the league may now be dealing with two different groups of players.

Dolphins safety Michael Thomas and 49ers safety Eric Reid have announced their split from the Players Coalition, a group organized by Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins and former NFL receiver Anquan Boldin.

Both Thomas and Reid posted the same message on Twitter: “With much thought and consideration, I’ve decided to officially withdraw my involvement in The Players Coalition founded by Malcolm Jenkins and Anquan Boldin. The Players Coalition was supposed to be formed as a group that represents NFL Athletes who have been silently protesting social injustices and racism. However, Malcolm and Anquan can no longer speak on our behalf as we don’t believe the coalition’s beliefs are in our best interests as a whole. We will continue to have dialogue with the league to find equitable solutions but without Malcolm and Anquan as our representatives.”

This necessarily means that the league will now have to finesse a pair of groups, whose agendas and objectives apparently do not mesh.

As of last week, the league and the players were, per a source with knowledge of the situation, close to finalizing plans for creating true social justice initiatives that would, presumably, end the protests during the national anthem. Those plans may now have to be revised to account for the involvement of at least two players groups.

The league wants the protests to end, but the league will not force players to stand for the national anthem. The posture gives the players considerable power, and the players could (if they choose) use that power to leverage something meaningful from the NFL.

It’s possible that the players disagree on how to properly do that. On one hand, power is power and it should be leveraged for better employment terms. On the other hand, the power in this case comes from an important principle that shouldn’t be undermined by treating it like any other bargaining chip.

Regardless, the situation seems to be no closer to ending.

36 responses to “Players Coalition fractures

  1. The NFL should just tell them to do whatever they want for the anthem. It’s not their responsibility to resolve every injustice. It’s a football league. Meanwhile, the players don’t realize that if they continue to alienate the fanbase it will affect their paychecks in the long run. Then they’ll whine about that.

    Before long there will be fifty separate groups demanding the NFL fix what interests them. This is getting ridiculous.

  2. From the post above: “The Players Coalition was supposed to be formed as a group that represents NFL Athletes who have been silently protesting social injustices and racism.”

    That’s part of their problem…they’re “silently protesting social injustices and racism.”

    Except for disrespecting the flag and those who fought for our country they’re SILENT in regard to why they’re kneeling. Based on their behavior, the players are simply drawing attention to themselves and NOT THE “ISSUES” THEY’RE SO CONCERNED WITH.

  3. ESPN has a more detailed story on this. It seems all Reid can do is complain. The NFL pledged $100M to address the Players Coalition’s concern. Half of that will go to the Players Coalition charitable organization. Reid hasn’t said what he wants. He just said they don’t speak for him and his lemmings. I think it’s safe to say nothing will make Reid, Thomas, and others happy so why bother?

    I wonder what Reid is going to do when he finishes playing football? There isn’t much of a future in being a persistent whiner.

  4. These bozos are in an extraordinary position to go into communities and get their message out, and do some good, but they decided that resting during the singing of the national anthem was the way to go.

  5. charger383 says:
    November 29, 2017 at 11:16 am
    just play football


    Works both ways. Just watch football. Who cares what these guys are doing before or after the game?

  6. Infighting and schisms, the eternal hallmark of leftist organizations. Long live the People’s Front of Judea! Or was that the Popular Front…?

  7. Also thank you for finally pointing out that them using this as leverage to get concessions in the football world only weakens their argument and makes them look greedy and foolish

  8. I’d be curious to know how their views differ. Malcolm Jenkins has been a pretty erudite and very active voice, the anti Kaepernick. He has also put his money where his mouth is and been actively involved in many meaningful projects.

  9. Very unfortunate development. It provides insight as to why players always get hosed when CBA time rolls around.

  10. And here I thought 345 Park Avenue couldn’t get out of it’s own way. Now the players are on their way to making the league office look downright professional. And as all this goes on, the ratings continue to plummet, the CBA comes closer to expiring and the ginger is about to get a shiny new contract.

    Hmmm. Nothing to see here…..

    *Goes to kitchen to get microwave popcorn

  11. So two backup caliber safeties are angry? Stop the presses, this must be resolved now!

    Thomas – 11 games, 26 tackles
    Reid – 11 games, 40 tackles

  12. omeletpants says:
    November 29, 2017 at 11:11 am
    Trump wins again
    Yes, he does! And, TV ratings drop further, sales of merchandise drops, & stadiums continue to be 1/2 full……McNair had it correct the first time, it seems….

  13. Soooo sick of all this political crap! The college game RULES. The NFL is a mess, filled with spoiled, dysfunctional millionaire players, greedy, clueless owners (Mara, Tisch, etc.), ruled by a hated dictator who expects access to a private jet, lifetime health insurance for his family and $50 million a year. No wonder their ratings are sinking…. Thanks for starting all this, Kap. Now that you’ve help ruin the NFL, take your Castro tee shirts and “cops are pigs” socks and move to Cuba….

  14. Just go away already. Most current won’t feel the effect of their ignorance. The players of the future will be the beneficiaries of the salary deductions do to the loss of fans and revenue. College football and baseball will continue to gain strength due to the fad of so-called social injustices.

  15. Strange to me that a person could actually not want to stand for the anthem. Seems weird to me. If the country is so terrible there are other places. Everyone threatened to move to Canada if trump won. Of course, no one actually moved…

  16. Goodell is looking at the hole in the bottom of his boat and thinks maybe another hole would help…

  17. The league wants the protests to end, but the league will not force players to stand for the national anthem. The posture gives the players considerable power
    That is not power for the players; it is weakness by the league. As you stated, the “power” was given to them by the league by its own inaction which means it can be taken away quite easily which means it isn’t power at all. It is basically a gift card with an unknown expiration date. It might be good today but gone tomorrow.

  18. Even ESPN thinks the National Protest League crashed the Lambo. Think about this….CNN, ESPN, and the NFL all crumbling before our eyes….the monsters of the ratings. Wow. Nice work fellas!

  19. So they agree with the general premises of the protest, just not how it is being handled. So they are going their separate ways? Sort of like the fan base has been doing all year.

  20. Chest Pounding, now annoying celebrations for scoring are common, protesting by kneeling for the Flag of your country while standing for countries who are MUCH worse on human rights and racism,
    impossible to understand rules, inconsistent referees, and extremely sloppy play . RIP NFL

  21. I guess Malcolm’s message doesn’t have enough hatred mixed in with it because, you know, getting people all pissed at each other solves so many problems.

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