NFL Proposes $90 Million Social Justice Fund In Attempt To End National Anthem Protests
The NFL has reportedly proposed to partner with NFL players to create social change. On Monday (Nov. 30), the football league reportedly submitted the final draft of a proposal that would ultimately contribute $89 million to causes deemed important by the African-American community, according to ESPN.
The NFL hopes the proposal will effectively end the controversial national anthem protest, which was originally started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick last year.
Players reportedly discussed the offer during a scheduled conference call on Wednesday (Nov. 30), but it appears that some players who have partaken in the peaceful protest since 2016, are displeased with the NFL approach, ESPN reports.
According to the proposal, if all parties were to come to an agreement, the $89 million would be spent of a seven-year period for both national and local projects. On the national level, the owners would allocate $5 million to the fund, with the commitment growing annually until it maxes at $12 million per year. At the local level however, the owners would throw in $250,000 annually, to which they would expect players to match their efforts. The total $500,000 would be donated to each team. Additionally, ther would be other fundraisers such as telethons and auctions to assist with the fund.
The specific initiatives will reportedly be voted upon by a group composed of five NFL players, five owners, and two league employees. It’s unclear whether the proposal has been approved at this time.