NFL to Commit $89M to Social Justice Causes

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The NFL has reached an agreement with a group of players this week on a plan to address social justice issues within the African-American communities.

According to ESPN, the plan is for the league to contribute $89 million over seven years to projects dealing with criminal justice reform, law enforcement/community relations and education.

The agreement was reached on a conference call Wednesday night (Nov. 29), with Malcolm Jenkins and Anquan Boldin leading the way. The two also act as the lead for 40 players in negotiating with the NFL over demonstrations during the national anthem.

There was no talk of players ending their protests during the national anthem in exchange for the funds. However, according to ESPN, the NFL hopes it will end the controversial movement that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started in 2016, when he refused to stand for the anthem.

Under the league’s proposal, the $89 million has been earmarked over a seven-year period for both national and local projects.