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Jed York discusses NFL meeting with players over racial, economic justice issues

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I applaud Jed York for his work to advance the issues that matter.

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San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York was among a group of owners, players, and NFL and NFLPA executives who attended a meeting in New York City on Tuesday to discuss the issues underlying player protests. He had a chance to speak with the media on Tuesday following the close of a four-hour meeting, and he had plenty to offer.

York is one of the junior members of the owners’ meetings, but this has been an issue where he has shown some leadership. He had to get out in front of it first when Colin Kaepernick first took a knee a year ago August. He talked about being taken aback when Kaepernick first took a knee, but then taking time to talk to him and understand the reasons for the kneeling.

Given how this has developed in recent weeks, it sounds like other owners are starting to have to get a better handle on this like Jed did a year ago. York matched Colin Kaepernick with a $1 million donation to Bay Area charities fighting economic inequality. Additionally, he has been firmly supportive of his players and their right to protest.

The players and owners are planning another meeting to further discuss these issues. It seems like Jed York is a significant voice in these meetings. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out amongst the broader ownership. Jerry Jones has been vocally against the protests, and is one of the more powerful owners in the league. I am fascinated to see if he and others adjust their attitudes on this, and how this potentially brings the players and owners a little closer together.

For now though, I find myself applauding Jed York for putting forth the kind of effort we don’t see often enough from NFL owners. He has received plenty of well-deserved criticism for his actions with the 49ers on-field product, but this is one area where I’m willing applaud the work he is attempting to do.