Tensions were running high for newly-signed Panthers safety Eric Reid and Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins at the start of their Week 7 matchup Sunday.
A confrontation broke out after the coin toss and Reid had to be held back by his teammates before he was taken to the Panthers sideline. Reid appeared to be yelling at Jenkins.
Eric Reid and Malcolm Jenkins had to be separated pregame. Eric Reid was taken back to Panthers sideline by his teammates
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) October 21, 2018
While it’s not clear exactly what prompted the heated exchange, the two have a bit of a history together. Reid, who joined his then-teammate Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem during his time with the 49ers, called the Jenkins-led Players Coalition an “NFL-funded subversion group” earlier this year.
Malcolm Jenkins and Eric Reid got into it before the coin toss. Reid called the Jenkins-led Players Coalition an “NFL-funded subversion group” earlier this year.
— Bo Wulf (@Bo_Wulf) October 21, 2018
Jenkins and Reid had a disagreement over the Players Coalition last year and how funds were allocated by the NFL in response to player protests during the national anthem, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
When asked about the altercation after the game, Reid said of Jenkins: “He sold us out.”
Eric Reid on Malcolm Jenkins: “He sold us out.” pic.twitter.com/0iisQGJMiD
— Joe Person (@josephperson) October 21, 2018
The chippy antics continued once the game started. Reid tackled Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who didn’t have the ball at the time. Zach Ertz then stuck up for Wentz and then the two got into it, resulting in personal fouls both ways.
Zach Ertz tried to stick up for his QB and got the smack down from Eric Reid 😂pic.twitter.com/MYy0dBECcm
— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) October 21, 2018