NFL house owners declined assembly with gamers


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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles security Malcolm Jenkins, one of many founders of The Gamers Coalition, mentioned the following proposed badembly between the house owners and gamers to debate social justice initiatives has been canceled.

“The league did not settle for our invitation,” Jenkins mentioned Sunday.

NFL gamers proposed to fulfill Monday in Philadelphia. Jenkins mentioned the league cited scheduling and logistical points.

“At this level, the ball is of their court docket,” Jenkins mentioned. “We’ll proceed to do what we have been doing. Guys are working across the league.”

League spokesman Brian McCarthy mentioned Sunday night time: “Nothing is about, however the league is keen to proceed the dialogue with the gamers.”

The league and gamers met final week in New York to debate participant demonstrations in the course of the nationwide anthem and different points.

“They need to get again to soccer; we need to transfer previous anthem demonstrations,” Jenkins mentioned. “However to do this, we’d like to have the ability to change the platform that we’ve got.”

Jenkins needs a venue exterior the stadium and never in the course of the anthem for athletes to boost consciousness of social points.

“We do not actually get pleasure from doing this,” Jenkins mentioned. “We might like to have a special platform and we expect that is one thing we might work collaboratively with the NFL to create, to truly draw consciousness to the problems we’re doing, to make use of the NFL as a car to make actual change.”

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Colin Kaepernick, who started kneeling in the course of the nationwide anthem earlier than the 2016 season as a quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers and at present is out of the NFL, didn’t attend the badembly final week.

Jenkins declined to deal with a report Sunday on Slate.com that mentioned Kaepernick had been iced out of discussions between house owners and gamers. Jenkins and different gamers had mentioned Kaepernick was invited.

McCarthy additionally made it clear the NFL wish to embody Kaepernick.

“We’d welcome Colin at a gathering, however it’s the gamers who’re extending the invites,” he mentioned.

Kaepernick has filed a grievance in opposition to the NFL, alleging that he was not signed due to collusion by house owners who wished him out of the league due to the protests.

Jenkins mentioned the gamers need Kaepernick “to be part of the dialog.”

San Francisco security Eric Reid, who took a knee in the course of the nationwide anthem once more Sunday, mentioned Kaepernick advised him he would attend if invited.

“I do know Colin has been preventing to get within the room to talk to the suitable folks within the NFL,” Reid mentioned. “He advised me that he was explicitly advised he had no place being there. The NFL needs the protests to finish. It is unhealthy for his or her enterprise. But it surely’s ridiculous that they do not need Colin to be there being that he was the primary one to begin protesting. If we’ve got to pressure him into the room, that is what we’ll do.”

Chargers linebacker Russell Okung, who has been elevating his fist in the course of the nationwide anthem, mentioned the league has “wonderful political and financial energy” and hoped it could stroll with the gamers “to will that energy in a approach that modifications the dynamic of our nation.”

Jenkins and Eagles’ teammate Rodney McLeod raised their fists in the course of the nationwide anthem Sunday. Kneeling throughout the sector on the San Francisco 49ers sideline have been Reid, Eli Harold, Adrian Colbert and Marquise Goodwin.

All however 10 members of the Houston Texans took a knee in the course of the nationwide anthem Sunday, because the overwhelming majority of the crew protested the proprietor’s “inmates operating the jail” remark. Earlier than this week, no Texans had protested in the course of the anthem.

“It is already a delicate subject,” Jenkins mentioned. “What I’m happy with is, I really feel just like the voice of the gamers has been fairly concise and constant. Even if you’ve had responses (from) the president, responses from totally different house owners that haven’t been within the good spirit of solidarity. The gamers have remained fairly level-headed. We’re extra involved about getting precise work executed and alter and going about the appropriate steps to do this.”

Jenkins mentioned he didn’t know when gamers and house owners would possibly meet once more.

“I really feel like we have executed the whole lot that we wanted to do to actually attempt to work in a collaborative effort with the league,” Jenkins mentioned. “We have confirmed up at conferences that they’ve requested. We have had the conversations they wished to between us.”

Jenkins was amongst a gaggle of Eagles that made a visit final week to the state capitol in Harrisburg and met with legislators to debate legal justice reform.

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