NFL offers $100M plan to social justice organizations.
The NFL, in an effort to put an end to protests during the national anthem, has reportedly proposed partnering with its players to effect social justice change.
According to ESPN, the league submitted to players the final draft of a proposal that would donate nearly $100 million to causes considered important to African-American communities, though not all players are on board with the plan.
In fact, some players, like Dolphins safety Michael Thomas and 49ers saftey Eric Reid are planning to leave the Players Coalition, a group of nearly 40 players who negotiated with the league office, because of how the leaders, Malcolm Jenkins and Anquan Boldin, handled the situation.
Both Thomas and Reid took to twitter today expressing their concerns that the goals of the Players Coalition are no longer in line with the best interest of all players.
"The Players Coalition was supposed to be formed as a group that represents NFL Athletes who have been silently protesting social injustices and racism," Thomas and Reid said via 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."
Neither player provided any further details regarding their decision to step down from the coalition.
ESPN's Jim Trotter and Jason Reid claim that the NFL's proposal "earmarks at least $89 million over a seven-year period for both national and local projects."
Additionally the documents state, "owners this year would allocate $5 million, with their commitment growing annually and maxing out at $12 million per year from 2021 through 2023. At the local level, owners would put up $250,000 annually and expect players to match that amount, totaling $500,000 for each team."
Players are reportedly set to discuss the proposal Wednesday night during a conference call, though it's clear that not all players are in agreement. If they do accept, NFL owners would still have to vote to finalize a deal during the annual league meetings in March.