NFL Surrenders – Will Give Anthem-Protesting Players Exactly What They Wanted


According to a recent report, the NFL has reached a deal with protesting players which involves multimillion-dollar investment by the league in a pair of social advocacy organizations.

Via Western Journal:

According to the Associated Press, the NFL is funding a new commitment to social justice with a $3 million grant.

The league itself is pledging about $90 million for the program over a seven-year period.

Reports indicate two specific groups will receive millions as a result, prompting some partisan backlash over their apparent left-wing affiliations.

The decision comes amid widespread protests by players, coaches and even owners, which started last year in response to perceived societal injustices and racial inequality.

It also follows the formation of a Players Coalition at a recent meeting between NFL players, owners and executives, according to Fox Business.

One memo sent to each of the league’s owners indicated each team will contribute toward the multi-stage program. The bulk of funding for the mission is expected to come from “events and consumer products sales, auctions and other promotional sources” related to the cause.

NFL Vice President for Social Responsibility Anna Isaacson distributed another memo providing additional details about the scope of the new investment.

“Social justice may mean different things to different people and organizations,” she wrote.

In the context of the NFL’s new commitment, Isaacson explained that it will “encompass programs and initiatives that reduce barriers to opportunity, with a priority on supporting improvements in education, community/police relations and our criminal justice system.”

The NFL will also invest in programs related to “poverty, racial equality and workforce development.”

It is the recipient of that investment rather than the causes themselves, however, that is receiving criticism from some pundits.

A number of conservative outlets point out that the Dream Corps and the Players Coalition, both of which will get money from the NFL fund, have ties to liberal investors and causes.

The Washington Post noted that Van Jones, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, heads the Dream Corps, which has argued for policies such as a reduced prison population and so-called “sanctuary for all.”

Both groups have been linked to George Soros, a billionaire investor whose money has funded a number of progressive groups and causes.

NFL spokesperson Joseph Lockhart acknowledged in an email, however, that the deal is hardly finalized.

“No decisions have been made on where the money will go, much less all the money over the next 7 years,” he wrote. “Those decisions will be made by the working group that has not been formed yet.”

The total package appears to be a major victory for players. The financial commitment is the largest the league has ever made to a public cause, surpassing Salute to Service, breast cancer awareness/Crucial Catch and NFL Play 60. For a league that has historically held the upper hand on its players, it’s a significant change in tenor.

The NFL and the Players Coalition did not return immediately a request for comment Monday. The NFL Players Association, which is the players’ union, has said it was not involved in the talks.