While preparing to face the Jacksonville Jaguars, Malcolm Jenkins says he saw proof that Colin Kaepernick deserves a job in the NFL.
There has reportedly been a riff between Jenkins and Eric Reid, who share a place on the the Players Coalition. The issues spilled over onto the field during this past week's game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers.
Reid disagreed with an agreement between the Players Coalition and the NFL in which close to $100 million was earmarked for causes considered important to African-American communities. Reid wanted Kaepernick to have a bigger influence and said Jenkins "co-opted with the movement that was started by Colin to get his organization started. It was cowardly. He sold us out."
Jenkins refused to take shots at Reid, but did issue support for Kaepernick.
"While our main focus is always on the community and those systemic oppressions, how we can leverage our relationships, our access and resources to help people in everyday communities, there is still a responsibility to speak out on Colin Kaepernick, who started this movement and still doesn't have a job," Jenkins said. "I wholeheartedly believe he is being blackballed, to speak out in support of Eric Reid, who put his job on the line to fight for those who didn't have a voice.
"I have always maintained every chance I get to say, Colin Kaepernick started this, Eric Reid deserves a job, Colin Kaepernick deserves a job. I can turn on the tape this week and our opponent and see Colin Kaepernick deserves a job. But at the end of the day, when I started this, my personal journey to help my own communities, it was never about the NFL or anybody having a job in the NFL. It was about people -- everyday citizens where I come from, where I live in Philly, and all across this country. And so at the end of the day, my decisions will always be about people."