Eric Reid of the San Francisco 49ers told Slate Magazine that the NFL is going to use money designated for “Salute to Service” and breast cancer charities to fund the “social justice” program. The social justice program is designed to placate protesting players and is set for $89 million over seven years.
The new program by the NFL is viewed at a way to “settle” with the players who have been kneeling during the anthem. These protests have been led by out of work, former 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Malcolm Jenkins of the Eagles and retired receiver Anquan Boldin.
Per Daily Wire:
At the time of the announcement, however, details about where the money would come from were unclear. The NFL said only that owners would be allowed to allocate funds into “projects dealing with criminal justice reform, law enforcement/community relations and education.” But, Reid says, the money spent on these projects isn’t new — it’s simply being reallocated from existing charitable giving projects.
“In the discussion that we had, Malcolm [Jenkins] conveyed to us — based on discussions that he had with the NFL — that the money would come from funds that are already allocated to breast cancer awareness and Salute to Service,” Reid told Slate. “So it would really be no skin off the owners’ backs: They would just move the money from those programs to this one.”
That didn’t sit well with Reid, who was part of the coalition of players who had been protesting the national anthem. He and several others say they elected to leave the bargaining group because they didn’t believe it was fair to pull money from other worthwhile causes to fund “social justice” projects, particularly when players have insisted all year that their protests aren’t anti-military, only to have their cause pull millions from a fund to help veterans.
They, of course, blamed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for the idea, claiming that Goodell wanted to bring the protests to an end as quickly as possible, but in such a way as to not hurt the owners too much in the process. In essence, Reid claims, Goodell wanted to pay off the kneelers in order to get the league’s viewership back on track ahead of the end of the season.
The NFL didn’t provide a comment to Slate on the matter.
The NFL continues to push further and further left even while their ratings and ticket sales drop.