Colin Kaepernick Calls Out NFL For Blackballing Eric Reid

Ross Houston
September 15, 2020

Mr. Kaepernick criticized the NFL's new messaging as "propaganda", citing the fact that his former teammate and fellow activist Eric Reid remained unsigned.

Reid was the first player to join Kaepernick's protest by kneeling during the national anthem in 2016, when both played for the 49ers. While with the Carolina Panthers last season, he started every game and achieved 130 tackles and four sacks. "@nflcommish has gotten comfortable saying he "was wrong" as if his mere acknowledgement reconciles his admitted wrongdoing". "He hasn't even called Colin to apologize, let alone reconcile, proving this is only PR for the current business climate", he wrote.

Now unsigned after being released by the Panthers before the 2020 season began, Reid is reportedly one of the league's top free agents still on the market. When Kaepernick was not resigned after choosing free agency, he and Reid filed a grievance against the National Football League alleging a conspiracy by the owners.

Reid continued, "Roger Goodell uses video of Colin courageously kneeling to legitimize their disingenuous PR while simultaneously perpetuating systemic oppression that the video he's using fights against, by continuing to rob Colin of his career".

The NFL, which paid Kaepernick and Reid millions to settle a collusion lawsuit in 2019, has changed course.

The NFL did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"The league is committed to integrating important causes vital to players and fans, such as social justice, among others, throughout the season", the NFL said in a statement.

This season, end zones at venues across the league will show the slogans "End Racism" and "It Takes All Of Us", while players can wear stickers on their helmet featuring the names of victims of racism.

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