DAVIE — Dolphins safety Michael Thomas has severed ties with the Players Coalition, a group whose leaders include Pahokee’s Anquan Boldin, as the NFL submitted a proposal to the coalition that would contribute almost $100 million to causes seeking social justice.
Thomas, one of three Dolphins who kneel during the national anthem, is expected to meet with the South Florida media on Wednesday afternoon to explain his decision.
ESPN quoted 49ers safety Eric Reid as saying he and Thomas are withdrawing from the coalition over a lack of transparency in the negotiations.
“The Players Coalition was supposed to be formed as a group that represents NFL Athletes who have been silently protesting social injustices and racism,” Thomas and Reid wrote on Twitter. “However, Malcolm (Jenkins) and Anquan can no longer speak on our behalf as we don’t believe the coalition’s beliefs are in our best interests as a whole.”
Reid, who joined Colin Kaepernick by kneeling, told ESPN, “Myself and other protesting players are departing from the Players Coalition because we aren’t satisfied with the structure of the Players Coalition and the communication that’s been happening between Malcolm and the NFL. Myself and the aforementioned protesting players have voiced these concerns numerous times to Malcolm, concerning the structure of the organization and how we want to be involved more with the NFL in those communications. It has not transpired.”
ESPN reported that the national funding would be allocated with 25 percent to the United Negro College Fund, 25 percent to Dream Corps and 50 percent to the Players Coalition, which has filed 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) paperwork for nonprofit status.