At one time, Jenkins and Reid were two guys fighting for the same causes and using their platform to advocate for criminal justice reform and to bring attention to social inequalities. But this offseason, the NFL and Players Coalition agreed to a new partnership — $90 million toward programs and other social efforts — and it drew ire from Reid and began a rift between the safeties.
That rift was on full display on Sunday, when the newly signed Eric Reid suited up for the Carolina Panthers and went against the Eagles. It started early with the two jawing during the coin toss and had to be broken up by former Eagles receiver Torrey Smith.
Video with sound of the Eric Reid-Malcolm Jenkins confrontation. pic.twitter.com/Q6p5pAdDDo— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 21, 2018
And then things got really stupid, when after making a big hit on Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz went jumped up to defend his quarterback and Reid picked up the tight end and slammed him on the ground. (I mean, really!?)
Zach Ertz protecting his QB and gets body slammed pic.twitter.com/sjhIWrRdgL— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) October 21, 2018
Things did not get much better when the game was over. Not only did the Eagles end up losing, but Eric Reid called Jenkins a “sellout” multiple times in the locker room after the game. He went on to say that Jenkins’ actions speak louder than words and that Torrey Smith hadn’t talked to him about his former teammate.
Eric Reid calls Malcolm Jenkins a “sellout” and a “neo-colonialist.” pic.twitter.com/uQfhz6o7FF— Bo Wulf (@Bo_Wulf) October 21, 2018
Malcolm Jenkins, on the other hand, took the high road and after the game lauded Eric Reid’s efforts and commitment toward their shared off-field goals — whether or not Reid disagrees with his mode of action.
Malcolm Jenkins was called a sellout and cowardly by Eric Reid. Malcolm responded with class— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) October 22, 2018
“I still consider guys like Eric Reid, heroes. Eric Reid is somebody I’m rooting for and very proud of for putting his livelihood on the line to fight for those who don’t have voices” pic.twitter.com/PowXhISfVR