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.
According to ESPN, Reid and Jenkins have been at odds since late last season, when Jenkins, who cofounded the Players Coalition, stopped kneeling during the national anthem after the NFL announced it would donate $100 million to causes considered important to the coalition.
Reid ran onto the field during the coin toss and got into a heated exchanged with Jenkins, who was on the field for the toss, before former Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith and several other Panthers restrained Reid.More news: Panthers' Eric Reid blasts Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins over anthem protests
After the NFL agreed to donate almost $90 million to causes the coalition considered important, Jenkins stopped raising a fist of protest during the national anthem.
"We believe a lot of players should have stepped up for Colin", Reid, 26, said after the game.
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Kaepernick quickly chimed in to express his support for the apparent instigator of the scuffle, tweeting, "Eric Reid!" He co-opted the movement that was started by Colin to get his organization funding. "It's cowardly. He sold us out".
"I told them we have to learn from these", Pederson said, via the Eagles' official website. "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. One week after looking Super Bowl ready during a beat down of the New York Giants, they channeled mistakes of the past, blowing a 17-0 the fourth quarter lead against Carolina, to give the Panthers their biggest fourth-quarter comeback in franchise history.More news: Paula Abdul takes terrifying tumble off stage during show