The NFL has hit a record number of low points over the course of the 2017 season, thanks to the dozens of players who find it necessary to take a knee for the American national anthem.
One would think that low ratings, decreased ticket and merchandise sales and advertisers pulling out would spark someone at NFL headquarters to make a change — win back the hearts of their core viewing audience. But instead, they’ve decided to take another route by donating a ton of money to “social justice” causes.
But, not all players or executives are on board and this latest round of turmoil is absolutely rocking the league internally.
NY Post reports:
Depending on the point of view, the NFL has either reached out to its players with an unprecedented financial offer to help fund social justice charities, or it is offering hush money to end the national anthem protests that have dominated headlines and feuds all season.
The NFL submitted a proposal to players Monday that would commit “nearly $100 million” to various charities that focus on social justice and causes important to African-American communities, ESPN reported. This initiative would surpass all of the NFL’s current charitable campaigns, including its support for the military and breast cancer awareness. The NFL also hopes this would put an end to the players’ protests during the national anthem.
“I think it’s important for the NFL – they very openly said that they wanted to help us and be behind us and support us,” Jets linebacker DeMario Davis said. “If we can have an ‘agreement’ to work together, it just shows that they are doing exactly what they said they’re going to do.”
Not all of the players who are part of the Players’ Coalition, a group led by Philadelphia’s Malcolm Jenkins and the recently retired Anquan Boldin, are on board. The offer from the NFL is for “at least $89 million” over a period of seven years, according to the report. Players would be expected to kick in $250,000 per team per year at the local level.
“I’m not going to say that’s it – that it’s the end all, be all,” Jets offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum said. “It’s a step in the right direction and we’re going to continue to have a conversation.”
At least two of the players in the coalition — 49ers Eric Reid and Dolphins safety Michael Thomas — are withdrawing from the group. Reid, who was the second NFL player to protest alongside Colin Kaepernick and said he speaks to the ex-NFL quarterback “every day,” said he has a problem with the way Jenkins and Boldin are running the coalition.
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