The unlawful and tragic murder of George Floyd has caused heartbreak around the country, prompting people to extend their aid to those in need. Jed York, the CEO of the San Francisco 49ers, is donating $1 million to impact change amid the protests.
— Jed York (@JedYork) May 31, 2020
Within his statement, York highlights that the 49ers partnered with the Players Coalition to uphold their priorities. The Players Coalition was co-founded in 2017 by former NFL player Anquan Boldin and current safety Malcolm Jenkins. The coalition was created to speak out against social injustices and racial inequality in today's society.
Altogether, York and the 49ers are committing $1 million to local and national organizations. As of this moment, it remains to be seen what organizations San Francisco will be donating the money to.
Of course, the 49ers were the last team to employ Colin Kaepernick. Provided that, it was expected that York's donation was going to be met with some strong opinions. One of those strong opinions came from Eric Reid — a former safety for the 49ers. Above all, Reid was among the players to kneel during the National Anthem with Kaepernick.
Nobody wants your money Jed. We want justice. We’ve always wanted justice. Y’all are truly diluted. https://t.co/wWLEpDF3nt
— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) May 31, 2020
On the other hand, Torrey Smith — who played in San Francisco from 2015-2016 — had a differing opinion from Reid's. Smith praised York for his contributions despite the view Reid had during the Kaepernick situation.
I’ve had countless conversations with Jed about these issues when I was in SF. I’m grateful for his commitment to the Bay and injustices everywhere. Thanks @JedYork ! https://t.co/UNJzHLg1Nj
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) May 31, 2020
There's no doubt that York's contributions are going to be met with welcome arms by some. However, regardless of everyone's stance on York, hopefully the money he pledges ends up going to the right organizations and programs.