PICTURED: Colin Kaepernick (centre) sparked the NFL protests
THE NFL has offered its players an $89 million donation to social justice organisations following player protests during the national anthem, according to ESPN.
The report says the NFL won’t make the players stop protesting with this proposal; the league is instead hoping to encourage enough player goodwill to end the protests.
The offer was a part of talks between the league and the Players Coalition, a group of players looking to find common ground with the league through negotiation.
The coalition’s members are split over the league’s offer. Coalition co-founder Malcolm Jenkins, who had been raising his fist during the anthem, says he supports the NFL’s proposal and won’t protest before his team’s game on Sunday.
But other players rebuffed the offer and left the coalition altogether. They include San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid, the first person to kneel with Colin Kaepernick when the Niners quarterback started his protest during the anthem last year.
Protests were initially sparked by Colin Kaepernick, who signed a six-year, $126 million extension with the Niners in June 2014.
He first protested by sitting during the national anthem in August 2016, before opting to kneel instead.
Kaepernick opted out of his contract in March 2017 and has been sidelined ever since while more than 40 quarterbacks have received NFL contracts during that time span.
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