The NFL is holding their October owners’ meeting this week, and it is slightly different and more important than most such meetings. This week, players and NFLPA executives have joined the owners to discuss the player protests and the racial justice issues surrounding the protests.
There is already one positive step forward that has come from collaboration between the players and owners. Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a joint letter to Congress backing a criminal justice reform bill. The bill has bipartisan support, but it has been stalled in Congress.
The San Francisco 49ers are represented by CEO Jed York and strong safety Eric Reid. Other active players in attendance include the following:
Indianapolis Colts: Darius Butler
Los Angeles Chargers: Russell Okung
Miami Dolphins: Kenny Stills, Julius Thomas, Michael Thomas
New York Giants: Mark Herzlich
New York Jets: Kelvin Beachum, Demario Davis
Philadelphia Eagles: Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long
San Francisco 49ers: Eric Reid
Washington: Josh Norman
NFLPA executives include DeMaurice Smith, Eric Winston, and Don Davis. Roger Goodell and Troy Vincent are representing the NFL. The owners panel includes
Arizona Cardinals: Michael Bidwill
Atlanta Falcons: Arthur Blank
Buffalo Bills: Terry Pegula
Houston Texans: Robert McNair
Jacksonville Jaguars: Shad Khan
Miami Dolphins: Stephen Ross
New England Patriots: Robert Kraft
New York Giants: John Mara
Pittsburgh Steelers: Art Rooney
Philadelphia Eagles: Jeffrey Lurie
San Francisco 49ers: Jed York
It is interesting to note that Anquan Boldin is in attendance. He has been working with Malcolm Jenkins and others to push criminal justice reform. He is the only ex-player in attendance that is not part of the NFLPA (like Winston). There is no word on if Colin Kaepernick was invited to the meeting. Given his protest got this started, and he has been working in the community ever since, it would have made sense to include him in this discussion.
Fooch’s update: Kaepernick was invited, according to Malcolm Jenkins.
Also in interview with ESPN Eagles player Malcolm Jenkins says Colin Kaepernick was invited to today’s meeting & didn't come.— Stephanie Wash (@WashNews) October 17, 2017