Panthers’ Safety Calls Malcolm Jenkins ‘Cowardly,’ ‘Sellout’ For Abandoning National Anthem Demonstration

Tanya Simon
October 24, 2018

Carolina's Eric Reid had to be restrained by team mates after confronting Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles prior to their National Football League game on Sunday and later accused him of selling out the players' movement protesting social injustice.

"We believe a lot of players should have stepped up for Colin", Reid said in a post-game interview. Reid, who joined his then-teammate Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem during his time with the 49ers, called the Jenkins-led Players Coalition an "NFL-funded subversion group" earlier this year. "I would never get up here and say anything bad about somebody who I know whose intentions were real about helping the community, especially another black man", Jenkins said of Reid. "It's cowardly. He sold us out".

That may explain why Reid was so incensed in his first game against Jenkins since Kaepernick's protests.

Reid finished the game with eight combined tackles, tied with Shaq Thompson for second-most on the team behind Luke Kuechly.

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There's history between Reid and Jenkins: Jenkins is the co-founder of the Players' Coalition, a social justice partnership formed in the wake of Colin Kaepernick's protests against social inequality in America.

"In the discussion that we had, Malcolm conveyed to us - based on discussions that he had with the National Football League - that the money would come from funds that are already allocated to breast cancer awareness and Salute to Service", Reid said at the time, per ESPN.

After the game Reid initially refused to talk about the situation, before blasting Jenkins and calling him a sellout. "So I'm going to leave it at that".

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