Redskins cornerback Josh Norman is coming to the defense of Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins following Eric Reid’s comments earlier this week.
Norman addressed the media for 16 minutes and 46 seconds Thursday, dedicating more than nine minutes to Sunday’s altercation between Reid and Jenkins. Norman called Reid’s comments “a slap in the face” and said he was attacking the entire Players Coalition.
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“To hear Eric come out and do what he did it’s almost like, wow it’s a slap in the face because Malcolm has been nothing but stand-up in the Players Coalition, like nothing but stand-up, and everyone knows that,” Norman said, per ESPN.
“For him to take a shot like that … he’s not only taking a shot at him, he’s taking a shot at everyone in the Players Coalition.”
Reid confronted Jenkins on the field Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field after the coin toss and then told reporters after the Panthers’ 21-17 victory that Jenkins is a “sellout.” Reid claimed Jenkins “co-opted” the movement Colin Kaepernick began in an effort to advance his own agenda with the Players Coalition.
“At the end of the day I don’t really care about all that outside stuff,” Norman said. “That’s all for the shows and the glamour and the Instagram and what you take pictures on. No this is all realistic stuff here.
“What’s your agenda? Is it to play football or is it to go in someone’s face about what you feel like happened to you? In that case you could have burned me last week, I’m part of the group. He didn’t do that. Like I said you have your own agenda about what you want to do, follow that, whatever, do your own thing, be merry with each other, that’s cool, be merry, run around the merry-go-round.”
He added: “Best to him and his homeboy Kap and whatever they got going on. Best to them. Whatever.”
Reid signed with the Panthers in September after becoming a free agent during the spring when the 49ers opted to not re-sign him. He was the first player to join former 49ers quarterback Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality.