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Carolina's Eric Reid hits out at Philadelphia's Malcolm Jenkins following pre-game scuffle

Eric Reid confronts Malcolm Jenkins at Lincoln Financial Field on October 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Image: Eric Reid confronts Philadelphia safety Malcolm Jenkins

Carolina's Eric Reid had to be restrained by team-mates after confronting Malcolm Jenkins and accusing the Philadelphia Eagles safety him of selling out the players' movement protesting social injustice.

Reid's former team-mate at the San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick was the first player to refuse to stand during the playing of the national anthem before games, a protest he said was aimed at bringing attention to racism and police brutality.

Reid was one of the first to join Kaepernick in protesting, with Jenkins among the many other players throughout the NFL then taking up the cause.

Jenkins last year co-founded the Players Coalition, a non-profit organisation governed by 12 NFL players.

during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on September 12, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.
Image: Reid and Colin Kaepernick kneel during a 2016 NFL game

After the NFL agreed to donate nearly $90m (£68.8m) to causes the coalition considered important, Jenkins stopped raising a fist of protest during the national anthem.

"I believe there's a lot of players who have stepped up for Colin," said Reid, who quit the coalition.

"I believe Malcolm capitalised on the situation - he co-opted the movement that was started by Colin to get his organisation funded. It's cowardly. He sold us out."

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Eric Reid kneels in protest during the American national anthem
Image: Reid was the first Panthers player to kneel during the national anthem

Jenkins did not return fire and had nothing but praise for the social justice efforts of Reid and Kaepernick.

"You couldn't pay me to say anything negative about them," Jenkins said.

"I look around the league and I'm proud of guys that are active in their communities, that are using their

Kaepernick, who remains without a team after leaving the 49ers, weighed in on Reid's comments.

"Eric Reid!!! Enough said!!!" he wrote on Twitter.

Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins after Super Bowl LII victory
Image: Jenkins won the Super Bowl with the Eagles last season

Jenkins attempted to take the high road in his dispute with Reid. "I would never get up here and say anything bad about somebody who I know whose intentions were real about helping the community, especially another black man," Jenkins said of Reid. "So I'm going to leave it at that.

"I respect him, I'm glad he has a job, I'm glad he's back in the league, and I'll leave it like that."

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