The fight continues for Malcolm Jenkins. Prior to the Philadelphia Eagles preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jenkins brought back his demonstration of raising his fist during the national anthem. The demonstration signifies Jenkins' fight against social injustice, which is at the forefront after the NFL's new national anthem policy came into affect this summer.
"From how last season went to where we are now I just think it’s important to continue to keep this conversation going and we don’t let it get stagnant," Jenkins said after the Eagles loss to the Steelers. "As we understand it everybody is kind of waiting to see what the league is going to do. We won’t let it stop what we’ve been standing up for. That’s just my personal decision to make sure that we keep these things in the forefront."
Jenkins, the "Players Coalition" he founded, and the NFL agreed in principle for the league to contribute $89 million over seven years to projects focused on criminal justice reform, law enforcement/community relations and education late Wednesday night. With the "Players Coalition" accepting the proposal, Jenkins' demonstration ended. The league hoped the commitment will create an environment that players will no longest want to protest.
That changed with the NFL's new national anthem policy over the summer. Under the new rule, all players and team personnel will be required to stand during the anthem when on the field. Players can choose to stay in the locker room if they don't want to stand on the field. The teams will be fined by the league if someone does not respect the anthem, and the players are also subject to fine by the team.