- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 21, 2018

Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid and Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins had to be separated Sunday before the coin toss at Lincoln Financial Field. 

The nature of the dispute isn’t known, but Reid had called the Players Coalition, which Jenkins runs, an “NFL-funded subversion group” earlier this month. The Panthers safety was initially a member of the group, but left with Dolphins safety Michael Thomas after the two disagreed with the coalition’s strategy. 

In May, the Players Coalition and the NFL announced they would be partnering together to fund $90 million toward causes that would combat racial inequality.

Both Reid and Jenkins have been outspoken about social justice issues and have protested before NFL games.



Reid was initially out of the league to begin the season, but the Panthers signed him on Sept. 27 to fill a void at safety. When he returned, Reid resumed his protest, taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem before games.

During Sunday’s game, Reid also got into a scrap with Eagles tight end Zach Ertz. Reid delivered a hit on Carson Wentz and Ertz tried to retaliate before Reid body slammed him. Both players were given flags on the play.

 

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