NFL and players complete agreement on league support of activism – The Denver Post

NFL player representatives and league officials reached an agreement Wednesday night for the league to provide financial support to players’ community-activism endeavors, according to a person familiar with the deliberations.

The tentative agreement does not directly address the ongoing protests by NFL players during the national anthem, multiple people familiar close to the situation said earlier in the evening.

Owners have been hopeful that an agreement with the players on activism would lead all players to voluntarily stand for the anthem. But divisions on the players’ side of the issue that became evident earlier Wednesday potentially could lead to the protests continuing even if the deal on activism is in place.

The tentative agreement is subject to final approval by the NFL owners. The owners are scheduled to meet in December in Dallas but might not take up the issue until the annual league meeting in March.

The league and teams are to provide approximately $90 million to $100 million between the onset of the arrangement and 2023 to social causes deemed important by the players, focused in particular on African American communities, a person familiar with the talks confirmed earlier Wednesday. The terms of the league’s proposal were first reported Wednesday morning by ESPN.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been extremely active in the discussions and has been dealing directly with players, especially those in a group known as the Players Coalition that is led by Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and former NFL wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

Earlier Wednesday, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid and Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas announced that they were withdrawing from the Players Coalition, citing differences with Jenkins and Boldin about how the discussions with the league were proceeding.

Reid is closely associated with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began the players’ protest movement last season. Kaepernick refused to stand for the anthem prior to games to protest the treatment of African Americans in the United States.


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