Eric Reid, Michael Thomas Break From The Players Coalition

Former NFL football player Anquan Boldin left Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins center and San Francisco 49ers Eric Reid right speak to the media outside the league's headquarters after an October meeting in Manhattan. The players coalition was

The NFL and a group of players reached an agreement in principle late Wednesday night to partner on a plan to address social justice issues considered important to African-American communities, sources told ESPN. Because he took the agreement as a sign of real progress, Jenkins said he would no longer raise a fist during the playing of the national anthem before games.

The Players Coalition, started by Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and retired NFL wide receiver Anquan Boldin, "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 on Twitter.

Reid says that he was asked if he would stop kneeling for the anthem in light of the NFL's proposal, according to ESPN's Jim Trotter and Jason Reid.

And he has company with others withdrawing from the Players Coalition as well.

"That's just an individual decision for me", Jenkins said.

49ers safety Eric Reid kneels alongside now-former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick duirng a 2016 game against the Arizona Cardinals. Reid broke with the players coalition on Wednesday citing a disagreement with the group's
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Reed and Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas announced they were leaving the coalition the morning after news of the NFL's offer broke. The defections of Reid and Thomas from the group of players dealing with the league on the player-activism agreement appear to greatly reduce or eliminate the chances that the agreement will end the players' protests entirely.

Reid also stated that he believes the NFL is trying to make the decision to fund these programs as easy as possible for the NFL, and that the league office pressured Jenkins into agreeing now in order to announce a deal prior to the December 13 owners' meeting where Roger Goodell's contract will be discussed.

"It's apparent the National Football League is trying to buy an end to the protests", Reid said on Wednesday.

"I don't anticipate demonstrating this week simply because I felt like when I started demonstrating, my whole motivation was to draw awareness to disenfranchised people, communities of color, injustices around the country, our criminal justice system", Jenkins said by his locker on Thursday.

Jenkins said each player across the league, including those in his NFL Players Coalition, can decide for themselves whether to continue demonstrating during the national anthem. When we agreed to be a part of the Players Coalition, we were under the impression that it would be our organization. "Being able to talk about our causes, tell stories about real people, and, like I said, amplify the voices of these organizations that are grassroots and nobody knows about that are actually doing the work - being able to bring them up to this platform I think is important". If players accept the money, they're just looking for a fight if they continue to kneel. "So, if that gets accomplished, we can move on".

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