New Orleans Saints’ Malcolm Jenkins starts venture capital fund with NFL players

Malcolm Jenkins has teamed with fellow NFL players to launch a venture capital fund.

The three-time Pro Bowl safety and two-time Super Bowl champion launched Broad Street Ventures on Wednesday. The fund focuses on late stage and growth stage technology and consumer products. It has already invested in Airbnb, Epic Games, Turo, NoBull, Automattic and ZenWtr.

Jenkins, a strong advocate for racial equality, hopes his newest business introduces more Black men and women to the venture capital world.

Jenkins and co-founder Ralonda Johnson recruited additional NFL players and industry leaders to represent the fund. Among them are defensive backs Devin McCourty and Jason McCourty of the New England Patriots, safety Rodney McLeod of the Philadelphia Eagles and free-agent wide receiver Jordan Matthews. Jenkins played with McLeod and Matthews in Philadelphia. Also, television broadcaster Sharrie Williams is part of the fund.

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Before the season, the NFL boasted of a new contact-tracing technology that would keep players from getting too close together and that would make it easier to work backward to identify others who need to be tested and/or evaluated in the event a player tests positive. During the season, there’s an apparent problem with the so-called “Proximity Recording Device.”

As noted in the immediate aftermath of the news that Saints had learned late last night that fullback Michael Burton had tested positive for COVID-19, the contact-tracing process identified three people who required further testing, etc. The Saints identified on their own four others who were sitting close enough to Burton on the flight to Detroit that the Proximity Recording Device should have recorded their proximity to Burton. It should have, but it didn’t.

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The NFL’s Week 4 COVID-19 troubles continue. The New Orleans Saints, who are in Detroit preparing to face the Lions, have had fullback Michael Burton test positive for COVID-19, according to ProFootballTalk and confirmed by Fox Sports and NFL Network. Testing is currently occurring for those who were in contact with the player on the flight from New Orleans, along with a check on Burton’s positive in case it is false.

Contact-tracing technology used by the league identified three teammates, while four others were identified as having sat near Burton on the team plane, according to ProFootballTalk. One of those players was Saints star running back Alvin Kamara. The Saints are awaiting testing for the seven players, along with the re-testing of Burton.

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