- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The NFL submitted a proposal Monday to donate nearly $100 million to social justice organizations in an ongoing effort to persuade players to stop protesting during the national anthem.

In response, two players — Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas and San Francisco 49ers Eric Reid — have left the Players Coalition, a group that was negotiating with the league. Both players have taken a knee during the anthem. 

In September, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and retired receiver Anquan Boldin formed the collation.

“The Players Coalition was supposed to be formed as a group that represents NFL Athletes who have been silently protesting social injustices and racism,” the two players said on Twitter. “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.” 

According to ESPN, NFL owners have proposed committing at least $89 million over a seven-year span to help local and national charities aimed at helping social justice causes. 

Players involved in the coalition will have a conference call Wednesday night to decide if they will accept the proposal. If that happens, the NFL will vote on the issue in March. 

This effort won’t guarantee that players will stop protesting before games, especially if Reid and Thomas go their separate ways.

But NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been vocal about wanting players to stop kneeling, saying in a letter that he wants to “move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.”

Reid told ESPN that Jenkins was negotiating without consulting other members i in the group, which caused him to leave. The 49ers safety added he might work with Colin Kaepernick’s charity instead.  

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